Cairo revives tradition of breaking fast with cannon fire

Reviving an ancient tradition

to signal the time to break fast

Location: Cairo, Egypt

For the first time in years

locals witnessed this cannon

being fired at sunset

as part of Ramadan festivities

(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) EGYPTIAN CITIZEN, AHMED MOHAMED, SAYING:

"It is a very beautiful tradition that goes way back. It had gone extinct. This is maybe the first time that I've seen something like this. I liked it to be honest. It is very beautiful."

The ancient cannon used to be placed

inside a medieval Islamic-era fortification

built in the 12th century