This evening marks the start of the month-long observance of Ramadan. According to Learn Religions, "Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, observed by practicing Muslims as a month of fasting, reflection, and prayer." Learn Religions continues:
When Is Ramadan?
As part of the Islamic lunar calendar, Ramadan's dates vary according to the lunar cycle. In 2021, Ramadan begins on the evening of Monday, April 12 and ends at sundown on Tuesday, May 11. The observance of the new crescent moon marks the official start of Ramadan.
Ramadan lasts 29 or 30 days, depending on the year. The holiday of Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan and the beginning of the next lunar month.
Ramadan celebrates the date in 610 CE when, according to Islamic tradition, the Quran was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad. During the month, Muslims the world over are called upon to renew their spiritual commitment through daily fasting, prayer, and acts of charity. Although the fasting elements are perhaps the most noticeable parts of observation, Ramadan is much more than abstaining from food and drink. It is a time to purify the soul, refocus attention on God, and practice self-discipline and self-sacrifice.
To our Muslim friends and family, Pryor Cashman wishes you Ramadan Mubarak. Kul 'am wa enta bi-khair.
Please view the resources below to learn more about this observance.
- [Britannica] Celebrating Ramadan
- [Aljazeera] Ramadan 2021: Fasting hours around the world
- [Learn Religions] All About Ramadan, Islam's Holy Month
- [Vox] Ramadan 2021: 9 questions about the Muslim holy month you were too embarrassed to ask
- [CNN] A Ramadan etiquette guide for non-Muslims
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