April sees start of Ramadan

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The Islamic holy month of Ramadan began on Saturday 2 April 2022.

Ramadan is a very important time in the Islamic calendar. Muslims all over the world will be preparing to take part.

What is Ramadan?

Ramadan is a time for spiritual reflection, prayer, doing good deeds, and spending time with family and friends.

During the month of Ramadan, Muslims won’t eat or drink between dawn and sunset. This is called fasting.

Fasting is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. The other pillars are faith, prayer, charity, and making the pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca.

It is common to have a meal (known as the suhoor) just before dawn and another (known as the iftar) directly after sunset.

At the end of the fast – when the sun has gone down – usually, families and friends will get together for iftar to break their fast.

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, but the date changes each year.

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