Faith

Religion and faith have always played major roles in forming social identities. Shared beliefs but also participating in shared rituals and customs help individuals see themselves as connected to others and as part of a larger whole. Religion and faith are also important in creating “others,” or groups considered outside and separate from a culture, which can be of particular importance with multiple cultures are present within a single state.

Ramadan and Eid in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Ramadan is the Muslim holy month when followers are expected to fast, not drinking or eating from sunrise to sunset. During this month, daily life is molded around the fast. Ramadan ends with Eid al-Fitr, a feast and celebration. Kyrgyzstan is a majority Muslim nation and Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr are major parts of the […]

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