Ramadan begins on May 26, and we would like to send very warm wishes to Local Guides who are celebrating the holy month.
The festivity is observed in many countries around the world, with differences in local culture and traditions. People fast (no food and drink) for one full month while the sun is shining. To cater to the new schedule, most offices and businesses change their operating hours to allow people to leave work early and break their fast with loved ones at home.
Traffic jams are common for a few hours before sunset as people rush home. That’s why many others opt to eat out instead. In certain countries like Indonesia, where I’m from, Ramadan is considered a peak season for restaurants and cafes.
The last day of Ramadan is Eid al-Fitr, which falls on June 25. In Indonesia, we celebrate with ketupat, a rice cake wrapped in a diamond-shaped pouch made of woven palm leaves. Growing up, my neighbour used to bring over delicious, home-cooked ketupat sayur— rice cakes stewed with coconut milk and vegetables—and would also share it with non-Muslim neighbors to spread the excitement.
As Eid al-Fitr is very important day, it’s also a popular travel time, when family and friends come together. In Indonesia, we call this tradition of returning to one’s hometown “mudik.”
Customs like breaking fast together and mudik road trips mean that it can be a hectic time to get around. As a Local Guide on Google Maps, here are a few ways you can share some love during Ramadan:
Add mosques, ATMs, restaurants to break fast, bathrooms, and rest areas for mudik
Updatebusiness hours for restaurants, shops, and other businesses
Post reviews and photos of places you visit during Ramadan
Now, it is your turn. In the comments, share Ramadan traditions from your country (like your favorite food or place to break fast), and suggest any Google Maps tips that can help others during Ramadan and their homecoming trips!