National Geographic : 1972 May
After fasting all day, Moslems eat and play into the night during the month of Rama dan. For 30 days the devout commemorate the night when Allah sent down the first portion of the Koran to his Prophet Moham med. Food and drink must be avoided dur ing daylight or "as long as a white thread can be distinguished from a black one." A cannon booms the end of abstinence, and food vendors stoke up fires for shish kebab (right)to feed the hungry faithful. A festive atmosphere prevails as Cairenes listen to folk singers under a tent (above) or try their skill at carnival booths.