At The Little Market, we are proud to celebrate cultural diversity. Our community of supporters, including customers, readers, our team, and the artisan groups we work with, are from all over the world. Here on Cultural Exchange, we love to explore different cultural traditions and holidays recognized across the globe. We recognize the observation of Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr, the concluding day of the holiday.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, which is a lunar calendar based on the moon’s phases. The dates of Ramadan change every year and are based on the new moon. Based on Islamic tradition, it is believed that, in this month, the prophet Mohammed received the first revelations of the holy book of Islam, the Qurʾān. During this month of heightened spirituality, Muslims aim to strengthen their relationship with God, often through spiritual discipline, self-reflection, and increased charity.
There are approximately 1.8 billion Muslims around the world who may observe Ramadan. Ramadan practices may vary depending on the region and individual preferences, but it is commonly a month of fasting. Fasting, or Siyam, during the holy month of Ramadan represents one of the Five Pillars of Islam. Observers will not eat or drink (including water) from dawn until dusk, an act that creates empathy for people experiencing food and water insecurity. Once the sunset prayer is practiced, friends and family come together to break the fast, known as iftar, often starting with date fruits and water followed by a meal. Additional prayers are held and the holy Qurʾān is recited. Some people such as pregnant, sick, and older individuals are not required to fast. Exceptions are also made for individuals who are traveling or menstruating.
Learn more about Traditions and Rituals of Ramadan here.
RAMADAN + STAYING IN
As we continue to stay in, we are finding new and creative ways in celebrating and observing holidays.
- Gather with family and friends through video conference calls.
- Check in your local mosques if they offer sermons or religious lectures via a live stream.
- Donate online to food banks or charities for those in need or left without a meal.
To those observing Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr: Ramadan Mubarak and Eid Mubarak!
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The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica. “Eid al-Fitr:Islamic Festival.” 23 April 2020. Web.