Ramadan is a holy month which Muslims worldwide observe fasting. The fasting during the month of Ramadan is 4th of five pillars of Islam. It is obligator for physically able adult Muslims (please refer to Islamic source who can fast and who can’t). It generally lasts 29 to 30 days depending on the new moon sighting. Uyghur Muslims like any other Muslims in the World follow this Islamic ruling and fasts this holy month.
This year’s Ramadan started in Xinjiang 8th of July and will lasts 29 to 30 days as we mentioned above. Eid is Scheduled for 8th of August (pending on new moon sighting).
Fasting is a form of self purification, it starts at dawn and ends at sunset local time. During the daylight hours, a fasting person must abstain from food, drink and marital relations. But however these activities are allowed between the time sunset to next dawn (for more regarding fasting and Ramadan, please refer to reliable Islamic source to get accurate info).
During this month, many restaurants and food outlets only opens certain hours, but however, there will be some restaurants open as normal as well as there will be some restaurant which will not open up until bit after Eid Festival which is right after the Ramadan. We don’t think tourist will have not much trouble in finding food during this month since there will be some Uyghur restaurants open during the day which takes some effort to find them by asking right person. There are also many Chinese restaurants and foreigners owned cafes in Kashgar which can be there lunch option since most Uyghur places open for Iftar.
Holy month of Ramadan valued among Uyghurs as much as it is valued by any other Muslims in other countries in the world. When you travelling, we hope you will respect the local culture, custom and religion in order to be respected.