The so-called modern version of the Middle East sits where Africa, Asia and Europe meet. The countries of the modern Middle East are all part of Asia. The Middle East is also the historical origin of major religions including judaism, christianity and islam. As one of the wellsprings of human civilisation in the ancient and medieval worlds, the birthplace of several world religions and an area of much modern economic and political importance, the Middle East remains a popular destination for travellers. During Muslim holidays or Ramadan, life is affected by ceremonies and everyone is expected to respect those ceremonies.