Mesaharaty - A Wake-Up Call
At the other end of the day, when it comes to waking up in the morning in time for suhoor, many different countries around the world have evolved a wide variety of approaches.
In Morocco, many villages and towns will have an individual designated as a Nafar, who roams the highways and byways of their local community, wearing a gandora, slippers and a hat, and acting like a town crier. Their job is to blow an enormous horn to wake everyone up in time for suhoor.
In Turkey, marching drummers is a tradition that dates back to the Ottoman Empire. Every morning across the country, thousands of dedicated people don traditional Ottoman imperial garb, including a fez and traditionally decorated vest, and march up and down their town’s main streets banging a double-headed davul drum to make sure everyone gets up in time.
In India, people with a similar role are known as seheriwalas or zohridaars. They walk around their neighbourhoods in the early hours of the morning, chanting, to make sure everyone is awake early enough that they can get enough food to push through the day’s fast.