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Three places outside Kuwait City have been secretly calling me for some time.  The Mutla’ ridge in the west, which I am still to visit, the station of Umm il Aish, which was unfortunately removed before I got my act together, and Doha.  I read BloggerMathai’s post and decided it was time.  My cameras were in London so it had to wait… or so I thought.

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Wishing you and your loved ones a blessed holy month and easy fasting.

مبارك عليكم الشهر و عساكم من عواده

In the middle of the month of Ramadan, we celebrate Girgi’an.  Boys and girls dress in traditional costumes and sing old songs in exchange for some sweets.  It’s our version of trick-and-treat… only without tricks.  When I was a child, it was still a relatively simple affair with small handfuls of sweets, almonds and – if you’re really lucky – a couple of coins handed to us.  Today is a different story all together. Parents (mainly mothers) compete to achieve some truely ridiculous results.  The concept of ‘Less is More’ is yet again forgotten.  Whatever way you do it, I hope your kids have a wonderful time in celebrating this wonderful tradition.

The shot above was my first real test of the new tripod.  I took the photograph from our roof late Wednesday night using a Sigma lens at 500mm.  Have a look at the larger version by clicking the image.

I wish you and your families all the best for the holy month.  To my readers who are not familiar with Ramadan, it is the month every year when Muslims around the world fast during daylight – no food, no water and no smoking until the sun is down. Another significant event that took place during this month is the revelation of the Holy Quran.

The small attractive mosque above is in Fintas.  I took the photo earlier this evening at sunset.

مبارك عليكم الشهر و عساكم من عواده

… to all.This was my way of celebrating the start of the holy month. The first photo, on the first day of Ramadan, of the holy book with the the focus on the word Ramadan.

I hope all your prayers are answered.