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Ramadan has always been filled with traditions in Egypt. The decorations, the vibe, the spirit and of course Ramadan lanterns have always been evident in the streets. While staying at home and trying to get into the holy month’s vibe, here’s a few vintage photos of Ramadan in Egypt to help you get all the Ramadan feels.
Documenting traditions such as the sighting of the moon and the making and selling of Ramadan lanterns, these black and white vintage Ramadan photos highlight how important Ramadan has been in the Egyptian culture for as long as we can remember.
Looking at them, it makes us wonder, apart from the creative Ramadan dessert scene, has anything really changed about Ramadan? It still focuses on uniting family members and loved one for Iftar, decorating the streets and homes with Ramadan decorations, and preforming Ramadan rituals and prayers. Take a look into Egypt’s past with these black and white Ramadan photographs.
Egyptian lantern seller in 1890
Sighting of the moon to determine whether or not the holy month of Ramadan has started
Ramadan Iftar in the golden age
Servants preparing coffee for an iftar held at Abdeen Palace for the guests of King Farouk in Ramadan
Sighting of the moon
An Egyptian store making and selling Ramadan lanterns in 1939
Ramadan lanterns in the making
Ramadan decorations in Moez street in Egypt in the beginning of the 20th century
Announcing the arrival of the holy month of Ramadan in 1901 by using drums
Egyptian stores selling Ramadan lanterns
Vintage Egyptian Ramadan lanterns
Classic Egyptian comic book Mickey’s Ramadan Edition
Pepsi Cola’s vintage Egyptian Ramadan advertisement
Further reading: DIY Ramadan Decorations to Make With Your Kids At Home