Fanous- The Ramadan Lantern
"Fanous, an Egyptian Ramadan tradition, over 1000 years old!"
Fanous or Ramadan Lanterns, have become a tradition and a significant part of Ramadan in Egypt and across the world!
The Fanous Traditon is over 1,000 years old! And originated when the Cairenes would welcome the Caliph to Cairo during Ramadan, by lighting up hundereds of Fanous. Legend also has it that the men, women and children of Cairo would also use Fanous to accompany the Caliph to The Mokattam Mountain, to sight the moon for Ramadan.
The Fanous were lit up using candles back then and to ensure they didn't extinguish, they covered them with Palm and placed them on wooden bases. Hence the Fanous design of today!
The Caliph admired the design and ordered that Fanous be installed in every alleyway and in front of every shop and house, in the Holy month of Ramadan.
The Fanous industry Hub is located at Taht ElRab', close to Azhar. There, you can find the biggest workshops with a wide variety of Fanous.
The Fanous market in Egypt has flourished over the years and they are now used in other muslim countries and all over the world, all year long!
Fanous are now also used as devorative items and can be found in restaurants, hotels, homes and outdoor events such as weddings.