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Roza Festival

Updated: 2014-04-02
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Roza means fast in Farsi. Islam stipulates that Muslims must fast during Ramadan. Fasting is one of the five ibadas in Islam. While fasting, Muslims cannot eat anything during the day. After sunset, they will be free to eat anything until the sun rises again the next day. Muslims hold the Roza Festival, the fast-breaking ceremony after Ramadan, on October 1 of the Muslim lunar calendar. During Roza Festival, Muslims will hold various ceremonies to celebrate. They will also clean and whitewash the house, make various fried dishes, feed guests, and visit friends and relatives. All people, old and young, trim their hair and take a bath before putting on their new clothes. Men over 18 should go to the mosque to attend religious services. In the Muslim lunar calendar, there are 354 days in a year. Each Ramadan and Roza Festival will come 11 days earlier than that of the previous year in the Gregorian calendar. It takes 32.6 years for the festival to fall on the same calendar day.