Ramadan is the Islamic holy month of the Lunar Calendar year where Muslims around the world fast from dawn to dusk. Islamic Faithfuls abstain from food, water, alcohol, sex, tobacco etc. There are exceptions made for children and the sick. They also set aside time for praying, reading the Quran and charitable giving. There is a large number of Muslims in Nigeria and all over the world, so expect that some of your friends and colleagues will partake in this holy exercise. And of course, people will always travel, tourists will want to see new places, holiday makers will want to seek new hangout spots, irrespective of time or place. Here are six tips that you’ll need if you want to visit new and exciting places during Ramadan;
Ramadan is one period that will certainly affect business as usual. Many hotels and restaurants operate with little hours and staff (some Muslims will probably want to take their official leave at this time). It’s therefore wise if you try to book your accommodation, transportation and feeding before you arrive at your destination.
Be Sensitive to Cultural Practices
During Ramadan, there will most likely be a number of cultural changes, especially when Muslims have to do without a lot of stuff. One will need to understand that fasting isn’t easy and there are local norms and customs you’ll need to observe. Most often than not, Non-Muslims and sometimes, Muslim travelers are exempted.
Watch out for special offers and packages
Most times during Ramadan, business travel slows down and hotels lower their rates for intending customers. Some brands, shops, restaurants and malls also offer discounts. So you could just seize this opportunity in looking out for such offers and benefitting from them.
Avoid eating on the Street during the day
Keep in mind that some people are fasting and might not want to get tempted with the sight of people eating. Try to show some respect and courtesy by avoiding eating or drinking in public.
Stay out later than usual
There is definitely going to be a lot of night activities during this holy month. After Muslims break their fast with Iftar at dusk, there’s usually a long night shared with families, loved ones and friends. In some places, especially the Northern part of Nigeria, businesses start springing up late in the evening, in preparation for the breaking of the fast.
Don’t miss the Eid-al-Fitr Celebration
Ramadan comes to an end with a fabulous celebration known as the Eid-al-Fitri. In Nigeria, it is always a public holiday. You can use that opportunity to celebrate with your Muslim friends, wine and dine with them and relive such wonderful moments.