April is also special this year because it coincides with a celebration called Ramadan. Ramadan is the holy month of fasting for Muslims that lasts for 30 days. This year it begins on April 12 and ends on May 11.
During Ramadan, Muslims practice fasting. The practice of fasting means that Muslims cannot eat or drink anything including water while the sun is shining. Fasting also includes self discipline, self regulation, prayer, and reflection during the whole month of Ramadan. During the times outside of fasting, families wake up early before the sun rises and eat a meal called sohour
. After the sun sets, the fast is broken with a meal called iftar
. Meals outside of fasting can include any type of food. Children under the age of 12 and those who are ill do not practice fasting.
How can we greet our friends who celebrate Ramadan? We can say “Ramadan Mubarak.” This Arabic phrase means “blessed Ramadan.” We can also say another Arabic greeting that is “Ramadan Kareem.” This translates to “generous Ramadan.”
We wish all individuals and families in our community who celebrate Ramadan Mubarak and Ramadan Kareem.