Ramadan fasting will start at dawn on March 23rd, 2023, and will last until the night of April 20th. And with the dawn on April 21st, the holiday of Oraza Bayram will come. Ramadan is the month of fasting for Muslims. This is one of the five pillars of Islam, the foundations of religion, sacred to every believer.
Fasting in Islam is one of the strictest among all world religions. It is prohibited to have any food, water, tobacco, etc. during daylight hours. To be more precise, you can’t eat and drink from suhoor to iftar.
Suhoor is the first meal before the first signs of dawn. Iftar is the second and last meal after evening prayers.
It is allowed, however:
- to take medicines through injections,
- to bathe and brush your teeth (as long as water does not get into your mouth),
- to kiss (but nothing beyond that),
- to donate blood.
In Tunisia, of course, religious rules will not apply to non-believers, but some cafes may be closed, the opening hours of banks and some other institutions will be reduced, and alcohol sections in stores will be closed.