What is Ramadan?

What is Ramadan?

Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is a special time for reflection, fasting, and community. It is celebrated with prayers, giving of charity, and fasting. Overall, it is a time to show kindness to others and self-improvement.


Individuals, with the exception of the really young and those with medical conditions, participate in a fast (sawm) from sunrise to sunset. No food or drink is consumed during this time. Before dawn, Muslim people take a pre-fast meal called suhoor and after that, spend some time in prayer. Then, at sunset, fast is broken with a meal called iftar. They usually eat dates, pray for some time, and then proceed with the main meal. A variety of juices, fruits, salads, appetizers, and desserts are served in celebration. This continues for the whole month of Ramadan, which concludes with the celebration of Eid al-Fitr.

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