I took this picture while wandering the famous bazaar in Cairo, Khan al-Khalili. This huge marketplace consists of a maze of shops and hawkers throughout the alleys of Islamic Cairo. It has existed for about 500 years. Cairo and Khan al-Khalili during Ramadan is vastly different from Cairo the rest of the year. The normally bustling alleys of Khan are largely empty as the shopkeepers rest and nap while they fast during the daylight hours. The bright green of this alley, complete with some old men tending shop, caught my eye. At night, Islamic Cairo and Khan takes on a festival atmosphere, with tables set up for the poor to break their fast, and party lights and flags strung across the alleys. The partying lasts well into the early morning, with the Muslim families of the city visiting relatives and friends.
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