RAMADAN IN BO KAAP:
A DYING TRADITION?

In Cape Town, Bo-Kaap is a place of historical importance. But, thanks to gentrification, it is also a place with a heritage that is quietly disappearing.


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Ramadan Bo-Kaap Cape Town The famous brightly coloured houses found in Bo-Kaap. Cars are always parked in the area as fuel has become incredibly expensive. Now many residents use public transport if needed.
Ramadan Bo-Kaap Cape Town During Ramadan, children visit their neighbours and exchange cake before iftar. This tradition is slowly disappearing as some people feel that baking for so many people can be a waste and costs a lot of money.
Ramadan Bo-Kaap Cape Town A table laid out with traditional Cape Malay food before boeka time or iftar, when the fast is broken.
Ramadan Bo-Kaap Cape Town Bo-Kaap has a magnificent view of Table Mountain. This is one of the reasons for the area’s increase in popularity and gentrification.
Ramadan Bo-Kaap Cape Town The roads in Bo-Kaap grow quiet as sunset approaches, and people head home to break their fast.
Ramadan Bo-Kaap Cape Town A group of triplets delivers cake to the neighbours.
Ramadan Bo-Kaap Cape Town The Auwal Mosque, in Dorp Street, is the oldest mosque in South Africa and was build in 1798.
Ramadan Bo-Kaap Cape Town A man drying himself after performing his ablutions in preparation for prayers. During Ramadan, you’re not allowed to eat or drink anything between sunrise and sunset.
Ramadan Bo-Kaap Cape Town A young boy enjoys a plate of biryani. An assortment of cakes, dates and food are laid out on the floor of the mosque for visitors to break their fast with.
Ramadan Bo-Kaap Cape Town Every year during Ramadan the Boorhaanol institute gives out food to the needy. Bo-Kaap is built on a slope and is incredibly steep. Needy families often send their children to collect food instead of going themselves as they are too old to walk up the steep hills.
Ramadan Bo-Kaap Cape Town It’s customary for Muslims to read the entire Quran during the month of Ramadan.
Ramadan Bo-Kaap Cape Town Lengthy extra prayers, known as tarawih, are performed in the evenings during Ramadan. Tired children sometimes end up falling asleep on the mats.
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