Ramadan Mubarak!

ramadanThe Moon Sighting Committee has announced that Ramadan will start Wednesday. Originally there was speculation that today would be the start, but it has been moved to tomorrow! One more day of holding water in my hand while in public

The Husband told me that I should greet people with Ramadan Mubarak or Ramadan Kareem during Ramadan… I told him I already knew because I read it in an article. This greeting means “have a  happy and blessed Ramadan”

Until coming here I really didn’t know much about Ramadan. I had heard about it and knew that you fast for 30 days and that’s about it. After coming here and seeing how important it is to the Muslims here I read about it. I thought I would share what I learned.

Ramadan is the holiest month in the Islamic calendar and one of the five pillars of Islam called Sawm (means refrain). The night before Ramadan starts, you partake in something called “Graish”. This is where you gather at an elders house with all your family and bring whatever homemade food you have in your house and eat it together. Traditionally it was leftover foods, but now people will cater and have it at big halls and make a party out of it.Eating and drinking is prohibited from sunrise to sunset. Fasting is supposed to teach self discipline, patience, and spirituality. T Ramadan is not only about fasting, but also restraining from any type of Haram (means sin). After fasting when you break the fast (Iftar) at sunset. Traditionally this is done by eating a date. Eid Al-Fatr (Breaking of the Feast) is the day after the the last day of fasting. This celebrates the arrival of the new moon. The day begins with prayer and then you celebrate and visit with your friends and family.

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