Turkey's Muslims offer prayers during the first day of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan at the Suleymaniye Mosque in Istanbul, early Tuesday, June 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)Girls wait for the start of Eid al-Fitr prayers in Bucharest, Romania, Tuesday, June 4, 2019. Members of the Romanian Muslim community gathered for Eid al-Fitr prayers, marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)Pakistani Muslims greet each other after offering the Eid al-Fitr prayers, which marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan a Mosque in Peshawar, Pakistan, Tuesday, June 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Muhammad Sajjad)Kenyan Muslims stand for prayers outside Masjid As Salaam during the Eid al-Fitr prayers in Nairobi, Kenya, Tuesday, June 4, 2019. Muslims around the world celebrate the end of the holy month of Ramadan. (AP Photo/Sayyid Abdul Azim)A boy attends Eid al-Fitr prayers in Bucharest, Romania, Tuesday, June 4, 2019. Members … [Read more...] about Moon, politics play roles in Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr
By Brandon Mercer Updated 4:00 am PDT, Sunday, March 17, 2019 Teen surfer Luca Padua prepares to catch some waves at Mavericks near Half Moon Bay, Calif., on Thursday, December 20, 2018. Teen surfer Luca Padua prepares to catch some waves at Mavericks near Half Moon Bay, Calif., on Thursday, December 20, 2018. Photo: Carlos Avila Gonzalez / The Chronicle Buy photo Photo: Carlos Avila Gonzalez / The Chronicle Image 1 of / 20 Caption Close Image 1 of 20 Teen surfer Luca Padua prepares to catch some waves at Mavericks near Half Moon Bay, Calif., on Thursday, December 20, 2018. Teen surfer Luca Padua prepares to catch some waves at Mavericks near Half Moon Bay, Calif., on Thursday, December 20, 2018. Photo: Carlos Avila … [Read more...] about HALF MOON BAY: Beers, piers, Mavericks surf and kitsch just 45 minutes from SF
THE moon has a vital role to play in the holy month - which won't begin until a new crescent is sighted. This means millions of Muslims will be keeping an eye out on the all-important lunar change. Here's the low-down. What is Ramadan? Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is celebrated by Muslims worldwide. Muslims observe Ramadan by a month of fasting and religious devotion, which commemorates the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to Islamic belief. Fasting is obligatory for adult Muslims, except those who are suffering from an illness, travelling, are elderly, pregnant, breastfeeding, diabetic, chronically ill or menstruating. Instead, meals include an early morning suhur, between 2.30am and 3am, and an evening iftar is enjoyed around 9pm-9.30pm. Muslims also read as much of the Koran as they can during the holy month, and are encouraged to observe five prayers every day. Often, people will donate large sums of money to charity during Ramadan … [Read more...] about How is Ramadan 2019 announced and why is the religious festival dependent on the moon?
WE KICK in the door of this week's Noise Annoys in style with long overdue words on the latest release from fast risin' Derry punk rock trio Touts. The pleasingly titled Analysis Paralysis EP is being touted (hur-hur) as possibly the band's last shortform release before they knuckle down to deliver their already highly anticipated debut album, hopefully due out next year. Touts have built a solid reputation for delivering melodic yet gritty pop punk infused with gonzoid maximum r'n'b/ garage rock energy, which these latest four tracks further solidify. The latter is in fine spittle-flecked form on the energised pummel of EP opener Asleep, which finds Touts very much wide-eyed and awake as they crank out a heads-down three chord blaster that will be aural rocket fuel for the pogo set. Go F*** Yourself is surely a shoe-in for alternative Christmas number one this year – the campaign starts (and probably ends) here. Touts.tmstor.es or picked up at your friendly local independent … [Read more...] about Noise Annoys: Touts, The Bonnevilles, Sugarwolf, Crescent Moon Club & Output 2019
The crescent Moon and Venus appeared in the East on the morning of December 4. Photo: Mark Thompson Mark Thompson The spectacle made the two objects seem to be close despite the fact that they are millions of kilometres apart. The crescent Moon and Venus appeared in the East on the morning of December 4. Photo: Mark ThompsonOn the morning on December 4, the crescent Moon and Venus rose before the sun in the east treating early risers to a spectacle in the sky.Astronomer Mark Thompson, from south Norfolk, captured a stunning image of the occasion and explained what was causing the bright illumination of both objects.He said: “We see both the Moon and Venus because they reflect sunlight. A crescent moon is often seen and often, the dark portion of the Moon remains invisible to us.“On occasions however, sunlight that is reflected off the Earth can gently illuminate the dark portion of the Moon. We call this earthshine and that could be seen this morning. “Venus is a … [Read more...] about Norfolk astronomer captures the Moon and Venus illuminated in early morning sky