That means Happy Ramadan in Arabic! Ramadan is the 9th month of the lunar Islamic calendar. This year it is expected to begin on April 23rd depending on the sighting of the new moon. Muslims all over the world fast during this month, give charity, be on their best behavior, and focus on improving the inner self. The fasting entails abstaining from food and drink during the hours just before sunrise to sunset.
The month will last approximately 29 or 30 days. After the month of fasting, Muslims partake in a 3-day joyful celebration called Eid-al-Fitr (which means Festival of Fast-breaking)! Muslims typically pray together as a community, host elaborate feasts, and exchange presents.
On Friday, May 8th at 6:30pm we had a family-friendly presentation on the month of Ramadan and the Festival of Eid, two of the most special holidays for some of our Bushy Park friends and families. We had a read-aloud, Q&A and a special follow-along craft too!
The Rizvi Family presented "Ilyas & Duck - Fantastic Festival of Eid-al-Fitr."
"Nadia, a young Muslim-American girl, describes the celebration of Ramadan, in which Muslims fast, or go without food and drink, during the day. She narrates a day in the life of her family of parents and siblings as she completes the fast for a whole day. Nadia explains when Ramadan happens, what happens from the beginning to the end of the day, and what it means for adults and children. The video ends with a description of the holiday celebration that ends the fasting month of Ramadan, and what carries over into the next year."
Making your own Fanous (Lantern)
For the follow-along craft, children will need (2) colored sheets of paper, scissors, tape or stapler, and stickers/glitter/gems or other whatever materials on hand that can be used to decorate.
Thanks to the Husain Family, Rizvi Family and our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion committee for their contributions.