|Pakistan begins preparing for Ramadan long before the holy month arrives. The government,for example, sets basic foodstuff prices to curb |
|astronomical increases. Additionally, public workers are not obliged to work past noon once the month begins. The first Friday and thelast|
|10 days of Ramadan are national holidays for schools and public institutions. |
|Inevitably, all this time off reflects inthe street. Pakistani men wear casual clothes after work and go into the streets, to bazaars and |
|to mosques, while women prepare for iftar (fast-breaking dinner). As relatives liveclose to one another, iftars tend to be family affairs.|
|This fact brings with it a heavy burden on women, who have to feed many people at both iftars and suhoors (pre-dawn meals).|
|Ramadan is also a time when old traditions are revived. People visit each other and exchange gifts; they invite neighbors for pre-dawn |
|meals and fast-breaking dinners....