Last weekend marked the start of Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting. (30-50% of Ethiopians are Muslim, depending on which polls you read.) Unlike Orthodox Christian fasting, which basically means being a chaste, tee-totaling, vegan for 24 hours, the Muslim fasting means no food, drink, or sex between sunup and sundown. I bet the first few days of no caffeine and no food makes people really cranky. OTOH, the fast-breaking with families every evening is a joyous time that I've observed in more than one country.
But what happens to socializing with friends over coffee? As the coffee society is one of the main ways for (especially) single people to interact with their friends, what happens during Ramadan? Can someone go and hang out with their non-Muslim friends at the coffee shop and just not eat or drink? Wouldn't that be difficult?