NPR logo

Mecca's Giant Clock Starts Ticking On Ramadan

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/129148215/129148214" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Mecca's Giant Clock Starts Ticking On Ramadan

Recipes

Mecca's Giant Clock Starts Ticking On Ramadan

Mecca's Giant Clock Starts Ticking On Ramadan

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/129148215/129148214" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Islam's holy month of Ramadan is a lot about the calendar and the clock. The world's biggest clock began ticking in Mecca this week, to signal the beginning of Ramadan. It took 90 million pieces of colored glass mosaic to cover its tower. Green and white lights flash five times daily as a reminder to pray.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.

Islam's holy month of Ramadan is a lot about the calendar and the clock. This year, the world's biggest clock began ticking in Mecca to signal the beginning of Ramadan. It took 90 million pieces of colored glass mosaic to cover the clock's tower. Green and white lights flash five times daily as a reminder to pray. For those far from Mecca, there are cell phone apps, like iPray, which beeps at prayer times.

It's MORNING EDITION.

Copyright © 2010 NPR. All rights reserved. Visit our website terms of use and permissions pages at www.npr.org for further information.

NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by Verb8tm, Inc., an NPR contractor, and produced using a proprietary transcription process developed with NPR. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Accuracy and availability may vary. The authoritative record of NPR’s programming is the audio record.

Comments

 

Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and Terms of Use. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.