Ramadan is known among Kyrgyz Muslims as Ozru or the month of fasting. The collapse of the Soviet Union led to the return of Islam and the continuation of Ramadan traditions and rituals in this country.
According to the ECO Cultural Institute, quoting Hawzah News Agency, one of the Kyrgyz nomads’ rituals during Ramadan is to sacrifice goats for Ramadan celebrations, and to prepare food from its meat for Iftar ceremonies.
During Ramadan, Taraweeh prayers are performed at mosques every night together with reading the Holy Quran. For Kyrgyz people, visiting the patients and the bereaved and giving alms of Fitr to needy and poor families is a common tradition during the holy month of Ramadan. Dates, breads, salads, water and traditional beverages such as tea and Chalap, snacks such as pilaf, Shurbo and soups can be found at the Iftar table of Kyrgyz Muslims.