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'Ramadan Mubarak': Here's what you need to know about the Islamic holy month

'Ramadan Mubarak': Here's what you need to know about the Islamic holy month

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The Ramadan Month

The Ramadan Month

  • Ramadan is a month full of social festivities such as communal dinners, group prayers, and other gatherings.
  • The Islamic holy month is always held on the 9th month of the Islamic Lunar calendar.
  • Since the calendar depends on the moon cycle, Ramadan falls about 11 days earlier each year. 
  • During Ramadan, Muslims abstain from food and drink from dawn to dusk — yes, even water.
  • When the sun sets, there is a communal meal called 'Iftar' where you break your fast, usually with your family or friends.

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Beyond Fasting

  • The month of Ramadan is about more than just fasting.
  • You are also encouraged to do good deeds such as charity and abstain from sinful acts such as gossip.
  • It's also a month of self-reflection and a way for Muslims to develop positive habits that can be brought forward once Ramadan is over.

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The Duration Of The Holy Month

The Duration Of The Holy Month

  • Ramadan lasts for 29 or 30 days depending on the moon cycle.
  • After a month of fasting, Muslims celebrate with a festival called Eid and wish each other 'Eid Mubarak' (Have a blessed Eid).
  • Eid is a social event that is celebrated by having your family, friends and neighbours over for a large feast.
  • Muslims decorate their homes and wear new clothes, and children and the elderly receive gifts or money packets.
  • While practices vary across the world, Eid is also a time when Muslims seek forgiveness from each other.

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The Rules Of Ramadan

The Rules Of Ramadan

  • Don't eat or drink from dawn to dusk.
  • Before the sun rises, Muslims usually wake up to eat a big meal so that they won't be hungry during the day.
  • Those who don't want to wake up early have a big dinner before bed.

You're exempt from fasting if you're:

  • Pregnant
  • Sick
  • Menstruating
  • Travelling long distances

Children are not required to fast but they're welcome to learn by participating, such as fasting up until lunchtime.

If you miss a fast, you can make up for it by fasting at a later date. And if you can't fast because of health reasons, you can donate food or money to the poor instead.

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The Meaning Of Ramadan Mubarak

The Meaning Of Ramadan Mubarak

  • You may see the phrases "Ramadan Mubarak" and "Ramadan Kareem" on social media.
  • "Ramadan Mubarak" means "Have a blessed Ramadan".
  • "Ramadan Kareem" means "Have a generous Ramadan".
  • You don't have to be participating in Ramadan to say "Ramadan Mubarak" or "Ramadan Kareem".
  • They are festive greetings the same as "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Hanukkah".

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Ramadan Etiquettes

Ramadan Etiquettes

  • You can eat and drink in front of someone fasting for Ramadan during the day.
  • While they will probably turn down your lunch invite, you can have dinner together when they break their fast.
  • Remember, Ramadan is all about coming together, so inviting a person to break their fast with you is a large part of the celebration.

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