Pakistanis observe religious and cultural events passionately, and so accordingly, almost everybody partakes in them.
Ramadan is the holy period for Muslims all around the world, it is the period where they fast from sunrise to sunset, and for many it is a magical yet challenging at times experience where Allah helps them maintain self control and discipline.
The Suhur (pre-dawn meal) is not a condition for fasting; it is Sunnat-e-Moakada. The Prophet Muhammad partook of suhur and encouraged others to do it: "Take suhur, for verily there is a blessing in suhur". Suhur is a sunnah and to delay it is also a sunnah. This is what will strengthen the fasting Muslim, and would lessen the hardship of fasting. It would also lessen the time period of thirst and hunger.
Since Islam is based on easiness and has come with rules that make the acts of worship easy for people, a Muslim is advised to delay the suhur and hasten the iftar (breaking the fast). So it is a sunnah for the fasting Muslim to get up for suhur and have something to eat, even if he or she would take a small edible thing like a date or a sip of water. If he or she does this, he or she would have fulfilled the sunnah of the prophet.
About 4 in the morning a group of people with drums remind the people to wake up and eat and drink to prepare your self for fasting. As they roam the streets with their drums there is no chance of you sleeping through that last feast.
Iftar (the break of fasting after sunset) is the meal which is eaten after sunset during Sawm - the fasting that occurs during the month of Ramadan in Muslim tradition. Iftar usually starts with consuming a date and drinking water, a tradition which goes back to the earliest days of Islam. Once this traditional fast-breaking is complete, people can eat any number of foods, with many regions having their own traditional Iftar foods, including a wide assortment of dessert treats.
It is common for people to eat Iftar in large groups, making the breaking of fasting into a community party, and Muslims often try to include charity in their Iftar meal as well, feeding needy members of the community while they celebrate the end of the day's fast.
Allah said: "Then complete the fasting until the night "[Baqarah 2:187]. The Messenger of Allah explained this to mean the coming of the night and the going away of the day when the disk of the sun disappears. Pakistanis observe religious and cultural events passionately, and so accordingly in Pakistan almost everybody stops to rejoice for a few minutes following the iftar sirens and the azan (call to prayer).
Preparations for iftar commence about 3 hours before, in homes and at roadside stalls. The fast can be broken by eating dates or drinking water, if the former is not available. As a meal in Pakistan, iftar is usually heavy, comprising mainly of sweet and savoury treats such as jalebi, samosas, pakoras and namak para, besides the staple dates and water.
Rooh Afza, a sweet syrup-based drink, is also considered an integral part of the iftar in Pakistan, sometimes replacing water. Other items such as chicken rolls, spring rolls, shami kebabs, and fruit salads are also very common. The iftar is often, but not necessarily, followed up by a regular dinner later during the night.