Ramadan, Lent: what are the differences between these religious fasts?

Is Ramadan Lent for Muslims, and vice versa? Every year after Shrove Tuesday, which marks the last day of plenty, Christians are expected to lean until Easter. Each year, more than a billion Muslims also experience a period of food fasting: it is Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. A priori, these two religious times do not have much to do with each other.

If the forty days of Lent are dedicated to penance, the obligations imposed on Christians are quite flexible: elimination of only a few meals, moderation in others, and abstention from meat at particular times. Ramadan lasts only thirty days, but it is much stricter: total ban on eating, drinking or having sex from dawn to dusk. Yet, from their philosophy to their Judaic origins, the two have much in common. Explanations by François Reynaert, aka Oncle Obs, in this new video directed by Mahaut Landaz.

Source : Nouvelobs

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