穆斯林庆祝斋月开始 Muslims Celebrate Start of Ramadan

01 September, 2008

世界各地的穆斯林纪念伊斯兰神圣的拉马丹斋月开始。

依照能够目击新月的先后,穆斯林社区和国家斋月开始的时间有所不同。

在世界上人口最多的穆斯林国家印度尼西亚,以及美国和大多数中东地区,斋戒从今天(星期一)开始。但是,利比亚的穆斯林从星期天开始进入斋月,而伊朗的斋月从星期二开始。

在斋月期间,穆斯林早在黎明前便起床祷告。在凌晨时分,吃饭饮水是头等大事,因为一旦太阳升起,一天的禁食就要开始。日落之前,穆斯林必须戒食、戒饮、戒烟、戒色。日落后的一餐叫做“开斋晚餐”。

Muslims around the world are marking the start of Islam's holy month of Ramadan.

The start of the holiday varies in Muslim communities and countries depending on the sighting of the crescent moon.

The first day of fasting began today (Monday) in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, as well as the United States and the majority of the Middle East. But Muslims in Libya marked the start of Ramadan Sunday, and Iran will begin to observe the fasting month Tuesday.

During Ramadan, Muslims awaken long before the pre-dawn call to prayer. Eating and drinking is a priority in those early hours, because once the sun rises, a day of fasting begins. Muslims are expected to abstain from eating, drinking, smoking and sexual relations until sunset, when the fast is broken with a meal called "iftaar."