The Fanoos Story

b3efanoooooosBy Safaa Magdy

Every year people celebrate Ramadhan with lights, colorful traditional decorations and fireworks. But the most important decoration and celebration element of Ramadhan is the Fanoos. There is a large variety of fawanees nowadays, they now come in all shapes and covers. For example, there are those made of plastic, others made of copper with candles and of course the singing fawanees. So let’s go a bit back in time with Yaoota to learn about the origins of the Fanoos.

The origin of Fanoos Ramadhan

Yaoota really wanted to know the origins of the Fanoos, so after a lot of research we realized that there are three famous narratives about the origins of the fanoos, we are not really sure which of them is the more accurate story, but still they are all very interesting to know.

Chapter #1 A Celebration

The first chapter in the Fanoos story takes place in the Fatimid Era when Cairo was the capital of the Fatimid State. The Fatimid Caliphate Al Hakim Bi’amrallah wanted to celebrate Ramadhan by lightening the streets. So the caliphate gave an order to use the Fanoos with candles to lighten the streets and celebrate the holy month.

Chapter #2 Women can only go out with a fanoos!

The second narrative also took place in the Fatimid Cairo at the time of the same caliphate. This time he gave an order to let women go out at night in Ramadhan only if they are accompanied with a little boy carrying a fanooos lit with a candle.

So this little guy and his fanoos was an announcement on the street for people that a woman is passing by.

Gradually, women gained their right to go out without fanoos or the little boy holding it. However, people were already attached to the fanoos and decided to keep it for little kids to play with and celebrate Ramadhan.

Chapter #3 the Christian Fanoos!

This narrative says that fanoos originally came to existence thanks to Christianity. Christians celebrate Christmas with lights, lamps and colored candles. And as a result of the mix of the two cultures; Christianity and Islam, Muslims borrowed the Fanoos to celebrate Ramadhan.

Whatever the right narrative is, we are thankful we have the fanoos now for how much joy and happiness it brings into our hearts for all ages.

If you want a fanos, then check out all the Fawanees available through Yaoota.

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