What is “Fast breaking”?

Why at sunset?

Sunset dinner at Jimabaran Beach

Sunset dinner at Jimbaran Beach, Bali

The fast breaking I am talking about, has nothing to do with a game nor with the papers, which are “fast-breaking” for their very recent scientific contributions.
The fast breaking I am referring to, is when Muslims have fasted for the whole day in the month Ramadan, from sunrise to sunset, and have their meal after sunset. This meal is called “The Iftar“.

The sunsets of the month Ramadan are probably the most awaited for in the whole year :)!

The Golden Hour in photography– the theme of this week’s challenge refers to- is the first and last hour of sunlight of the day. Photographers venture out on sunrise hikes or sunset treks to capture a magical shot, due to the quality of the light during that time of day. With the beginning of the Ramadan, this week, I chose my “golden hour pictures” from different sunset venues I took.

Sunset at Jimbaran Beach, Bali

Sunset at Jimbaran Beach, Bali

What is Ramadan about?

Sunrise at  Kasr Ait Ben Haddou, Morocco

Sunrise at Kasr Ait Ben Haddou, Morocco

In short: Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic calendar, in which Muslims observe the obligatory fasting, which means not to eat and drink as well as refrain from physical pleasure, including sex, from sunrise to sunset.

Ramadan is a month of spiritual exercise

Sunset at Kasr Ait Ben Haddou, Morocco

Sunset at Kasr Ait Ben Haddou, Morocco

By refraining from physical desires, the ego is challenged to restrain. This in return gives our spiritual self space to grow. Not only the ego, but also one’s patience is challenged.

Sunset over Dubai Palm Beach

Sunset over Dubai Palm Beach, Dubai

If you have questions pertaining to Ramadan, I will be happy to reply to them in the comment section. However, I didn’t want to make this a “What-is-Ramadan” Post.

Sunset Hong Kong: View on Victoria Harbour and ICC Building

Sunset Hong Kong: View on the Victoria Harbour and ICC Building

Sunset in the Kruger Park

Sunset in the Kruger Park

Last but not least, Iftar at the Kruger Park, South Africa, could teach each of us lots of patience! However each of the sunsets shown fascinated me with their natural beauty inter weaved with man made structures.

What are your favourite “golden hour” pictures?

What sunsets do you enjoy most?

Questions, also pertaining to Ramadan are welcome

Feel free to ask in the comment section, if I can help, I will try my level best.

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