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Central Asian Children Keep Ramadan Caroling Alive

A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

Ramadan fasting in Tashkent was nearly over on the evening of July 10 when Lola Yunusova heard a loud knock on her front door.

Opening it, she was met by three children practicing a tradition found mostly only in Central Asia -- Ramadan caroling.

Much like Christmas caroling in the West, during Ramadan Central Asian children go door-to-door to sing for their neighbors. As with Halloween's "Trick or Treat" tradition in some Western countries, Central Asian carolers ask for a treat -- usually receiving money or candy.

But unlike Christmas and Halloween, Central Asian Ramadan caroling can last an entire month and that's why Yunusova sometimes finds the tradition tedious.

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Written and reported by Ron Synovitz, with additional reporting by RFE/RL's Uzbek, Kyrgyz, and Turkmen services and Radio Free Afghanistan.

A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

Central Asian Children Keep Ramadan Caroling Alive

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