Ramadan is the name of the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. These months are different to the calendar months that we use every day as they are all the same length. They are based on the orbit of the moon around our planet. This is why Ramadan is at a slightly different time each year, about 11 days earlier.
Please note that Ramadan is the name of a month it does not mean fasting, that is called ‘sawm’.
Traditional Ramadan Practices
During the month of Ramadan, people of Islamic faith wake up before sunrise for a small meal and then do not eat again until the sun sets at night. The word "Ramadan" comes from the root word "ramdhaa,"which means "intense heat of the sun.
Islamic law states that children, the sick and the elderly do not have to observe fasting. Families decide how their children participate in the fast or they find other ways to teach them about devotion, generosity, goodwill, and self-control.
This year it will be even harder for our Muslim families to observe due to the lockdown and we wish you all well.
Ramadan is considered as the holiest season in the Islamic year and commemorates the time when the Qu’ran (Islamic holy book) is said to have been revealed to the Prophet Muhammad.
Ramadan ends when the first crescent of the new moon is sighted again, marking the new lunar month’s start. Eid-al-Fitr is the Islamic holiday that marks the end of Ramadan.