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It’s Always Sunny In Europe: Ramzan in Countries With No Sunsets

People fast for upto 23 hours a day during the month of Ramzan in countries where the sun rarely ever sets.

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A family in Finland breaking their fast. (Photo: YouTube Screenshot)

The holy month of Ramzan has begun and believing Muslims from all over the world will fast from day-break until dawn.

But in some European countries, the sun sets for an hour only, which makes the fasting period almost 23 hours every day, according to an AJ+ report.

In the Arctic, which often receives 24 hours of sunlight, fasting can be extremely difficult for the Muslims living there. They are supposed to abstain from food, water, alcohol, nicotine and sexual activity during their fast– which breaks with the evening meal called Iftaar.

Northern Finland has been dubbed the land of the midnight sun. Sunsets are only 55 minutes long. A family shared their Ramzan experiences in these punishing circumstances.

(Photo: YouTube Screenshot)
(Photo: YouTube Screenshot)
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Mohammed, whose family is in Bangladesh, said that his fast begins at 1.35 am and ends at 12.48 am the next day. When he told his family about it, all of them were aghast at the thought of someone fasting for more than 20 hours everyday for a month.

However, Mohammed was happy that he could fast without a problem. He said that Muslims in other countries with similar daylight patterns follow Turkey’s (their nearest Middle Eastern country) fasting schedule and abstain from food and water between 3 am and 9 pm.

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Depending on where people stay in Europe, their fast can be anywhere between 14 to over 20 hours long.

Ramzan this year began on 5 June for the Middle East and on 6 June for India.

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