Holy Month of Ramadan Begins

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The Muslim holy month of Ramadan is underway.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, meaning it occurs at different times year-to-year in the Western calendar. This year it runs from the June 6 to July 5.
The major feature of Ramadan is the fast and it’s estimated 1.6 billion Muslims around the world will be fasting.
That means no eating from sunrise to sunset, but also no drinking — not even water — and no smoking.
Shorter days in New Zealand will mean Kiwi Muslims have an easier time fasting, compared to many others around the world.
For some countries in the northern hemisphere, the fast will be as long as 16 or 18 hours.
In New Zealand there are about 50,000 Muslims.
If you know anyone who’s fasting for Ramadan, don’t offer them any food, but you could say “Ramadan Mubarak” — Happy Ramadan.

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