It’s the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Beirut is a different city this month, although I have heard that it isn’t as noticeable as it is in other countries in the region.
During Ramadan, Muslims fast from food, drinks, smoking and more from sunrise to sunset. There is a drummer that walks through the neighborhood before the sun comes up to wake everyone up so they can eat before the fast starts each day. And every restaurant in the country has special Iftar (breaking of the fast) meals.
Last weekend, we went to an Iftar with some friends. We got there a bit early, but had to wait until the sun set to start eating.
nice view, huh?
As soon as the sun dipped below the horizon, the call to prayer came on over the speaker system in the restaurant, and we could start eating.
believe it or not, these are just the starters!!!
great food, fun friends!
It was definitely a feast…all sorts of Lebanese mezze, with some special dishes and desserts that are Ramadan specials. We sat and ate for maybe two hours…. the rest of the guests at the restaurant were still going strong!