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Bites Fil Beit: Rayesh dany bel a’sal – Lamb ribs with honey

Ramadan offers a whole new challenge to cooking Egyptian food. The breaking of the fast, Iftar, is the main menu of the day and consists of an array of dishes. Traditionally the meal starts with juice, to prepare the stomach for the feast that is to come, and a savoury soup. Appetisers are up next, followed by a main course and a sweet dessert completes the meal.

Iftars are meant to be shared and inviting your close friends and family for a home-cooked dinner-cum-breakfast can be daunting. But not to worry; during the month we will be giving you suggestions for full menus for light meals because of the warm days, accompanied with a complete recipe for one of the dishes.

Iman Adel Abdel-Fattah

Ramadan: A spiritual journey

In the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, Muslims across the world fast for the holy month of Ramadan. Although the observance of this month can be hectic and less productive for some, it undoubtedly boosts spirituality and reminds Muslims of some of the core values of Islam: honesty, charity and purification. The Daily News Egypt takes you through a journey to discover Ramadan’s rituals and spiritual aims.

Sarah El Masry

CirCairo 2012 performing in front of Abdeen Palace Laurence Underhill / DNE

Art & Culture: a year in review (part 1)

Egypt’s Art&Culture scene flourished in 2012. From music, contemporary dance to photography, festivals and exhibitions of paintings, the underground scene grew exponentially.
Many artists quote the revolution as their inspiration and controversial subject matters were seen more than ever before. Artists in Egypt have become more outspoken and the diversity in their work made for a vibrant, surprising and entertaining year. Here are some of our highlights of 2012.

Fady Salah

Scratch Battle of DJs wraps up

The first place winner, DJ KB Shoman, real name Karim Badr, said he was thrilled to win the competition. “I originally entered to prove my worth and to let people know that I was here, in addition to trying to popularise the genre itself, with which I have been in love with for as long as I remember.”

Daily News Egypt

The six white days of Shawal

Fasting during the “six white days of Shawal” is not obligatory unlike during Ramadan. Fasting can be observed on any six days in Shawal and the days do not have to be consecutive. While fasting during Ramadan is one of the five pillars of the Muslim faith, the fasting during the month of Shawal has a different significance.

Hend Kortam

Festivity at the end of Ramadan

On the night of 29 Ramadan, ideally with the Eid clothes and kahk bought and ready, Muslims eagerly await the result of the Rou’ya, where the official decision of whether or not the next day is Eid is taken by looking for the crescent of the new lunar moon. If the crescent is spotted, then Eid is announced in the given Islamic country.

Rana Muhammad Taha

Al-Aqsa mosque prayers

Jerusalem (AFP) — Palestinians poured into Jerusalem from the occupied West Bank on Tuesday for a night of prayer at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, in a rare opportunity for many of them to visit the Muslim holy site, the third-holiest in Islam. Police said that by early evening “tens of thousands” had arrived to mark …

Daily News Egypt

A special Ramadan evening at Mawwal Souk El Fustat

As the evening advanced, the musicians and entertainers also took advantage of the surrounding stone halls. The music of drums, tablas and oriental flutes filled the halls of the souk as a procession of musicians marched around, occasionally stopping for the crowd following to gather around them.

Basil El-Dabh