Twitter introduces exciting new features for Ramadan
28/06/2014 11:31 am EDT


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This week, more than 1.5 billion Muslims aroundthe world will observe the ninth month of the Islamic Calendar as Ramadan, the month of fasting. And they will also gather on Twitter to share their celebration.
In fact, people sent more than 74.2 million Tweets about Ramadan from around the world last year:

Celebrate Ramadan worldwide
There are many religious and cultural practices to mark the month, and we are very excited to help people celebrate with new #Ramadan and #Eid icons (hashflags). Use a hashtag (#) in front of the words Ramadan and Eid, and an icon will appear after the text. Use these images to show how your neighborhood, city or country is celebrating the month and connect with others across the world who are also observing and celebrating #Ramadan.

Find out when to break the fast
We partnered with @AlArabiya to help you find out, with a Tweet, what time each day you can break the fast. Starting tomorrow, tweet @AlArabiya with #iftar followed by the name of your city with a # immediately in front (e.g. #Dubai), and the @AlArabiya account will send you the time for #iftar. This also works for #Imsak (or beginning the fast).

Follow your favorite show
In addition to the celebrations that take place throughout the month, there are many great TV shows and series produced especially for Ramadan, and many of these will offer unique content on Twitter.

One of the shows we are looking forward to seeing is @SarayaAbdeen, where @MBC1tweets has created special Twitter accounts for all the characters in the show. Here is a list of the accounts, which you can easily follow on Twitter. In addition, we’ve collected a list of other shows from across the Middle East and North Africa that you can tune into, on TV and on Twitter.

Ramadan is an important event around the world, full of celebration, friends and family. We look forward to seeing how people come together and share these special moments on Twitter.

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