Ramadan Kareem!

Ramadan started last night, and the way people present their wishes, Ramadan Kareem, means generous Ramadan. The way I experienced this time of the year in Palestine, I would compare it to Christmas time in our part of the world. The streets in Al-Quds were all decorated with lights and colourful coffee stalls had sprouted everywhere. After Iftar, the fast breaking, people would gather with friends and family to spend a good time together. The ambiance was generally cheerful and festive.

Shebab dancing Dabke

Shebab at As-Sawyia secondary school dancing the traditional Palestinian Dabke. (As-Sawyia, April 2014, image credit: C. Neves)