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Ralph Lovett

Ramadan Guns

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If you happen to be in the Middle East during Ramadan (27 MAY - 24 JUNE) you might notice artillery fire at the end of the day. This is not an attack necessarily, more likely it is the Ramadan Gun. Ramadan Guns signal the end of the fasting for the day and the beginning of the evening when you can eat and celebrate. This is a tradition that I first heard about in Kesan, Turkey where they use a German 9cm Kanone C/1873, which is a veteran of Gallipoli and the Turkish Revolution. This tradition continues and can be found at many parts of the Middle East. This link is for an article on this year's Ramadan Guns in UAE, where they are using British 25 pdrs:

 

http://www.msn.com/en-ae/news/ramadan/heres-where-you-can-spot-dubais-ramadan-cannons/ar-BBBiTHX?li=AA4RE6&ocid=spartandhp

 

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Ralph Lovett

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