Saturday, September 18, 2021

Traditions & Customs in Algeria

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Ramadan

Ramadan is the Islamic calendar’s ninth and holiest month, lasting 29–30 days. For the length of the fast, Muslims will fast every day, and most eateries will be closed until the fast ends at night. From sunrise to sunset, nothing (even water and smokes) is intended to pass past the lips. Non-muslims are exempt, although they should still avoid eating or drinking in public since it is considered rude. In the business sector, working hours are also being reduced. Ramadan’s exact dates are determined by local astronomical measurements and may vary somewhat from nation to country. Ramadan comes to an end with the Eid al-Fitr celebration, which may last up to three days in most countries.

The main religion in Algeria, like in all of North Africa, is Islam, therefore suitable religious restrictions and attitudes should be in place. If you’re going to a mosque, for example, dress modestly and take off your shoes before entering. Some localities ban bars and/or liquor shops, which is not the case everywhere in the nation. Keep in mind that you should only drink at home or at a bar, not in public.

Furthermore, considering the current political climate, it is not appropriate to discuss politics.

Smoking

All smokes are widely available.

Smoking in a public location in the presence of someone who is not a smoker requires his consent. If someone complains about the smoke, coughs, or begs you not to smoke, just stop and apologize. This is something the natives do. If you are invited to someone’s home, do not smoke unless the host does, and then you may request permission to smoke.

You may smoke at a restaurant or coffee shop where people smoke, but if you’re with locals who aren’t smokers, ask them beforehand whether it’s alright. As a result of increased public health awareness, less and fewer individuals smoke. Smoking is also culturally taboo for women, and those who do so are ostracized.

Even if you are a non-smoker in Europe, you will find smoking in many public areas to be uncomfortable.