Mayor Nir Barkat: "This year, we have made unprecedented investments in improving the city's appearance, infrastructure and cultural events in honor of Ramadan, for the benefit of the city's residents and visitors. We are proud, this year as in ever year, of Jerusalem's freedom of worship, tolerance, and acceptance for all religions in our city. I am proud to take part in the festivities surrounding the holiday and send best wishes to Muslim residents for a joyous Eid al-Fitr."
Mayor Barkat fired the ancient Ramadan cannon yesterday, ending the 28th fast day of Ramadan. The event was held together with the family of Haj Yahya Sandoka, who have been responsible for the operation of the cannon during Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr since the Ottoman period 200 years ago.
The month of Ramadan falls this year between May 15 and June 17, when the Muslim residents of the city will celebrate Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the fasting period.
In preparation for Ramadan, the municipality carried out a comprehensive cleaning operation in the neighborhoods and cleared large garbage dumps, including removing dirt and building waste. In addition, holiday lighting was deployed on the streets of East Jerusalem, 40 greeting signs and colorful festive banners were hung in three languages throughout the city, and large budgets were invested in paving roads and filling street potholes. In addition, new benches and shaded areas have been installed around the Old City.
Throughout the holy month of Ramadan, the municipality continued these intensified cleaning operations, through increased rounds of garbage collection on main roads and ensuring public parks were cleaned. This was done in order to provide a festive and dignified atmosphere throughout the holiday.
In the field of transportation, parking lots were prepared for the use of visitors and worshipers, and the light rail line ran more frequently to make it easier for visitors to reach the Temple Mount and the Old City.
In addition to sanitation and infrastructure investment, cultural and social events were held in cooperation with the community administrations in 12 neighborhoods. For these events, school grounds were opened with night lighting for the benefit of local sports tournaments and general community use. In addition, the municipal welfare department distributed food stamps to those in need at welfare offices.