Ramadan Around the World Longest and Shortest Fasting Hours

By Rania TaziRabat – Ramadan, one of the five pillars of Islam, consists of fasting from dawn to sunset. For any healthy Muslim who is not pregnant or travelling, observing the month of Ramadan is mandatory. The holy month of fasting, prayer and spiritual purification is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar.The duration of the daily fast depends on the amount of hours between sunrise and sunset, which is affected by which season Ramadan falls on. During summer months, those observing the month of Ramadan have to fast longer hours due to the longer days, which vary in length depending on the country they live in. In addition to the longer summer days, Muslims living in arid desert climates experience blazing temperatures. EuropeThis year, Nordic countries will have the longest fasting days;  Denmark will have 21 hours of fasting, and Sweden, Iceland and Norway  20 hours of fasting.Muslims in the Netherlands and Belgium will fast for 18 hours, while those observing Ramadan in Spain and Germany will fast for 16 hours..Middle East and North AfricaThe Middle East and North Africa region will experience fasting hours slightly shorter than those in Europe. Fasting will occur for 14 hours in Kuwait, Iraq, Jordan, Algeria, Morocco, Libya and Sudan and for 15 hours in the U.A.E and Saudi ArabiaAsia and AustraliaIn Asia, most Muslims will fast for 14-16 hours. Pakistan and Bangladesh will fast for 15 hours, while India will fast for 14.Australia’s period of fasting is only shorter side, lasting 11 hours.North/South America Muslims in the United States and Canada will fast for 16 to 19 hours, depending on the exact location. Muslims in Brazil will fast for 11 hours, and those in  Argentina will fast for nine hours and thirty minutes, the shortest fasting time this Ramadan. read more

Sovietera masterpiece opens dramatic arts season

Nikolai Erdman’s satire The Suicide opens the Department of Dramatic Arts’ new season.Nikolai Erdman’s witty satire The Suicide is now on at the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre, kicking off the Department of Dramatic Arts’ new season.Described as “a spectacular mixture of the ridiculous and the sublime,” The Suicide tells the story of Semyon, an ordinary man who, while arguing with his wife about a sausage, accuses her of wishing him dead.A disastrous chain of misunderstandings is then set in motion with Moscow’s shadiest characters trying to recruit Semyon to kill himself for their own cause. He survives their lottery of death because of a tuba, drinking error  and a love for life.The Suicide was written just before Stalin seized power in Russia. Erdman’s mockery of the pretensions of pre- and post-revolutionary worlds ultimately led Stalin to ban the play and exile Erdman to Siberia. The script was smuggled abroad in various versions but Erdman never saw it realized. Today, The Suicide is recognized as a masterpiece of Soviet-era literature and drama.The play has been adapted by director Gyllian Raby and Anna MacAlpine in the Department of Dramatic Arts to emphasize Erdman’s love of slapstick, zany fantasy, and paradox by drawing on the improvised dialogue of the Italian Commedia dell’Arte.The Suicide is directed by Gyllian Raby with set design by Nigel Scott, costume design by Roberta Doylend and lighting by Ken Garrett.It’s also showcases for Brock’s production and design students and performers Marcus Schwan, Kaitlin Race, Cassandra van Wyck, Derek Ewert, Justine Benteau, Rachel Romanowski, Brianne Lidstone, James Lowe, Nikki Morrison, Brent Cairns, Ioanna al Khayed, Karyn Lorence, Evan Mulrooney, Kanthan Annalingan, Sean Rintoul and Evan Bawtinheimer.Performances happen Thursday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 9 at 11:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m.Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 seniors and students and $5 for the eyeGo high school ticket program.Special Group rates are available from the Centre for the Arts box office at 905-688-5550, ext. 3257 or online. read more