Gargoan also spelt Gaagowan/ Gagowaan/ Garrgawan/ Gagoon/ Garrgowaan/ Qarqowan/ Qarkaan, etc., but all said in the same manner [garr-gaow-wann] occurs half way through the month of Ramadan, on the 14th night when the moon is full.
It's a tradition very similar to the Halloween 'Trick or Treat' and pre-pubescent children dress up in traditional Arabic costumes and go from door to door asking for sweets and nuts from their neighbours. Sometimes they will be given money, but usually they will return home with a mixture of wrapped sweets, dried figs and peanuts.
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In the northern hemisphere the sun sets at a different time each day, either later each day (if it’s between December 21st and 21st June), or earlier (if it’s between June 21st and December 21st
During Ramadan life changes completely, night becomes day and day becomes night, or so it feels. In reality many Muslims in the GCC will switch round their daily timetable and follow times similar to the ones shown below:
It's not easy to fast from sunrise to sunset, but it is possible and millions of people will choose to fast during daylight hours for the entire month of Ramadan
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