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As the sun sets, clusters of enchanting lanterns, adorned with dangling decorations and sparkling lights, turn the streets of the United Arab Emirates into a magical wonderland. It’s that time of the year – the Holy Month of Ramadan – and these lanterns bring with them a sense of celestial charm that captivates the heart.


Creating a sense of warmth, hope, and tradition, lanterns hold a special place in the hearts of many during Ramadan. Beyond their decorative charm, lanterns carry profound cultural, historical, and spiritual significance, weaving themselves into the fabric of Ramadan celebrations. In this article, we delve into the multifaceted role of lanterns, exploring their origins, symbolism, and presence throughout the holy month of Ramadan.


The tale of these sacred lanterns takes us back to 358 AD, during the incredible Fatimid Dynasty. Imagine the excitement when Caliphate Al-Mu’izz li-Din Allah arrived on the first day of Ramadan. Legend has it that people couldn’t contain their joy and lit up each place with lanterns, turning the night into a radiant celebration lasting until dawn.


While the earliest Ramadan celebrations lacked some of the cultural and decorative elements that are present today, the essence of the month remained consistent: a time of self-discipline, spiritual growth, and devotion. The ancient traditions established centuries ago laid the foundation for the rich tapestry of customs and rituals that characterise Ramadan celebrations in communities around the world today.


In ancient Egypt, lanterns were simple, just a candle or oil, a wick, and a tin casing. Fast forward through the centuries, and these lanterns have undergone a glow-up of their own. In modern times lanterns are available in various materials and colours,  there are even mini versions for the little ones. Some lanterns even include pictures and speakers, adding a modern twist to this timeless tradition.

As the streets of the UAE light up with these lanterns, mingling with traditional Ramadan decorations, you can almost feel the festive spirit in the air. String lights, a nod to the soul of Ramadan, weave a tapestry of unity and joy.


Throughout Ramadan, these lanterns do more than brighten up spaces; they become metaphorical beacons, guiding us on a spiritual journey of prayer and reflection – it’s a celebration of tradition, a coming together of communities, and a timeless embrace of the Ramadan spirit that unites us all.



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