Thursday, August 8, 2013

Moonsighting, Ramadan 2013, Cape Town

About 2,000 people gathered at Three Anchor Bay in Sea Point, Cape Town, in chilly weather to sight the new moon to signify the end of the lunar month of Ramadan. The inclement conditions saw a much smaller crowd than the usual 10,000 that congregates annually on the Sea Point lawns to look for new crescent that sets over the Atlantic Ocean after sunset. The moon was not sighted and 'Eid, marking the end of the fast.
 
Photos © Shafiq Morton
 


Hajji Omar Gabier, President of the Crescent Observer's Society,
makes the adhan - the call to prayer - that marks the end
of a days fasting after sunset.