That means Happy Ramadan in Arabic! Ramadan is the 9th month of the lunar Islamic calendar. This week marked the beginning of Ramadan for our Muslim friends! Ramadan is a quiet, reflective time of worship, prayer, helping others, and spending time with loved ones.
During Ramadan people fast, or refrain from eating and drinking, during daylight hours. Fasting helps remind us about those in the world who don’t have enough to eat. Once the sun sets, families meet for big meals that may include stew, rice, dates, lentils, and more. Many Muslims also wake up very early, before the sun rises to have a morning meal before their day begins. For the hundreds of millions of Muslims around the world who observe Ramadan, the month is a time to focus on their faith and also to do kind deeds for others. They raise money and donate supplies to help others in need.
If someone tells you they are fasting for Ramadan you may want to say, “Ramadan Mubarek” or “Ramadan Kareem”. Both are common greetings during the holy month and mean “Have a Blessed or Generous Ramadan.”
Watch the video below to learn more about Ramadan
Lailah’s Lunchbox by Reem Faruqi is a great book about an elementary school student trying to find her way through Ramadan in her new school.
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