Kuwait Announces the start Date for Ramadan 2024

Kuwait has officially declared March 11th as the commencement of Ramadan for the year 2024, as confirmed by the country's moon sighting authority, as reported by Kuwait’s news agency Kuna.

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Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, is a significant period observed by Muslims globally, marked by fasting, prayer, self-reflection, and communal activities.

With approximately 85% of its population identifying as Muslim, Kuwait stands as a predominantly Islamic nation. The remainder comprises non-Kuwaiti residents. During Ramadan, Kuwaitis uphold traditional practices while embracing culinary influences from around the world, indicative of the interconnectedness facilitated by digital globalization.

The iftar, the meal to break the fast at sunset, in Kuwait showcases a blend of traditional and global cuisine. A notable favorite among Kuwaitis and Gulf residents alike is Al Harees, a dish prepared by boiling wheat and meat, typically lamb or chicken, for hours until tender, then served with a dollop of local ghee.

At-Tashreeb, a yeast bread served in small portions, accompanied by a savory gravy infused with potatoes, gourd, and dried lemons, is another Ramadan staple in Kuwait. Additionally, Al Jareesh, featuring crushed wheat adorned with onions, offers a hearty and traditional flavor profile for iftar.

These dishes not only satisfy hunger but also hold cultural significance, symbolizing unity and shared heritage across the Gulf region. As Kuwait and Muslims globally prepare to observe this sacred month, the announcement of Ramadan's commencement serves as a reminder of the collective faith that transcends borders and cultural diversity, fostering solidarity and communal spirit during this auspicious time.

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