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September 06, 2007, Egypt - "Egypt makes early switch to winter time due to onset of holy month", The Associated Press/International Herald Tribune


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CAIRO, Egypt: Clocks in Egypt roll back one hour at midnight Thursday to put the nation on winter time several weeks earlier than usual because of the imminent onset of the fasting month of Ramadan.

The change will make Egypt two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.

Egypt usually switches to winter time on the last Thursday in September, but the date has been changed for this year because of Ramadan, the holy Muslims fasting month due to start Sept. 13. During the month, Muslims refrain from activities such as drinking, smoking and eating until sunset.

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