Ramadan street, Luxor, a photo by ibischild on Flickr.
The decorations are down now. There is one lantern still up, diagonally across the street. But I'll no longer be able to look out of my study at night and see the pretty crescent moons and stars in colored lights, hanging from the clothesline opposite.
These decorations across the street were hidden during the day, with newpaper clipped over them with clothespegs. This was to protect them from Luxor dust. At sunset each evening the women of the house would come out on the balcony and unpeg the newspaper. Voila.
Mini Arabic lesson
Fitaar = breakfast
Iftar = generous meal breaking the Ramadan fast each evening
Eid al Fitr = a time of celebration and feasting, breaking the fast of the month of Ramadan
So now you know!