Did you know… That Islam is the second largest religion in the UK with around 2,516,000 practicing Muslims. This is just one good reason to learn all about their culture and religious celebrations. Let’s start with Ramandan
What is Ramadan?
Ramadan is a month long religious holiday celebrated by Muslims. During the month of Ramadan, Muslims won’t eat or drink during the hours of daylight. This is called fasting. Ramadan remembers the month the Qur’an (the Muslim holy book) was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad. Most Muslims fast between dawn and sunset. Fasting allows Muslims to devote themselves to their faith. It is thought to teach self-discipline and reminds them of the suffering of the poor. However, children, pregnant women, elderly people and those who are ill or travelling don’t have to fast.
When is Ramadan?
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. The exact dates of Ramadan change every year, similarly to Easter. In 2022 in the UK, Ramadan will begin in the evening of Saturday 2 April and will end on Sunday 1 May.
What is Eid ul-Fitr?
The end of Ramadan is marked by a big celebration called ‘Eid ul-Fitr‘ (the Festival of the Breaking of the Fast). Muslims are celebrating the end of fasting and thanking Allah (Islam’s God) for the strength he gave them throughout the previous month. Mosques hold special services and a special meal is eaten during daytime (the first daytime meal for a month). Muslims dress in their finest clothes, give gifts to children and spend time with their friends and family. They will also give money to charity at Eid.