Michigan Muslims hold Ramadan lights contest as COVID-19 disrupts celebrations

Members of the Muslim community in Dearborn, Michigan came up with an unusual way to enjoy Ramadan, by hosting a festive lights contest, as COVID-19 restrictions prevent typical celebrations. Footage filmed on Wednesday shows Dearborn houses, yards and terraces decorated with string lights and star and crescent signs, the symbol of Islam, intended to lift spirits as residents are forced to stay... Еще home rather than enjoy the usual collective celebrations. Locals have been invited nominate their homes or those of their neighbours by submitting pictures of their decorations online, by documentarian Razi Jafri working with the Michigan Muslim Community Council. Members of the public will be able to vote on the ten best homes per district, with judges later picking the final winners, who will receive a gift basket and a certificate when the contest comes to an end before Eid al-Fitr, the end of Ramadan. With a population of 100,000 people, Dearborn hosts one of the largest Muslim communities in the US. Ramadan is one of the most important festivities in Islam, characterised by abstaining from eating and drinking along the day in an effort to improve spiritual devotion. Depending on the lunar calendar, in 2020 the observation falls on the period between April 23 and May 23.

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