Mayor Barkat fires-off his Ramadan greetings

August 18, 2010 20:58


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Wishing the Muslim residents of the capital, across Israel and throughout the world a "Ramadan Kareem" (the Arabic pleasantry extended during the month-long holiday) Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat fired-off a cannon heralding the end of the day's fast at the ancient Salah al-Din cemetery on Salah-al-Din Road in east Jerusalem on Wednesday evening.

The ceremonial cannon-fire is an annual tradition, which the mayor of Jerusalem has taken part in for decades – dating back to the tenure of former-Jerusalem Mayor Teddy Kolleck.

The tradition of cannon fire to mark the end of the day's fast however, goes back over hundreds of years, and is a long-held Ramadan custom in Damascus and Baghdad as well as Jerusalem.

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