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What is Ramadan

During Ramadan, Muslims wake up early to eat a pre-dawn meal called Suhoor. They fast all day and break their fast at dusk with a meal called Iftar. Many families gather together and invite friends and neighbors to join them for Iftar. Through fasting, people learn the importance of patience and self-control.

Ramadan occurs at a different time each year because the Islamic calendar is based on the moon, not the sun like the Gregorian calendar we commonly use. As a result, every year, Ramadan moves ahead by two weeks. Ramadan can fall in the heat of summer or the cold of winter. Young children, the elderly, women who are pregnant or nursing, and those who are sick, need medication or are traveling, are not required to fast.

Most Muslims begin fasting when they are teenagers. Some may fast for a few hours when they are younger to try and learn what it feels like so that each year, their ability to fast grows. If you are curious about Ramadan, want to get ideas on how to share this tradition in your school, or have other questions, click here.