13 things you may not know about Ramadan

Being a massively sacred holiday and taking up an entire month of the year, Ramadan is a very important celebration of the Islam faith.

For anyone who may not know, Ramadan (or also known as Ramazan) is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. Celebrated by Muslims by fasting, prayer, reflection and community. There’s some other facts that you may not know about Ramadan and we’re here to fill you in on this beautiful time of year.

1. The fasting lasts from dawn till dusk

From the moment the sun appears on the horizon to the moment it disappears and leaves the sky dark. Muslims must fast in honour of Ramadan.

2. Fasting doesn’t just include food

Even drinking during this time breaks the fasting. Which means through the day, drinking something as simple as water that we all take advantage of is off the cards.

3. The dates of Ramadan change each year

There’s no set date of Ramadan but it’s based on the sight of one crescent moon until they cycle of another crescent moon.

4. A lot of baby boys are named after the celebration

In honour of the celebration a lot of Muslims name their baby boys Ramadan.

5. There are circumstances where Muslims may not participate in fasting

If someone is sickly to the point that fasting may affect their health for the worse, elderly, travelling, pregnant or breastfeeding woman and children under the age of puberty are all able to be excused from fasting.

6. Television ratings increase during Ramadan

Ratings rise so much that Arabic production companies have been known to create miniseries for the span of Ramadan. 30 episodes of the miniseries, which equates to one for each day of the celebration.

7. It’s a great time for charity donations

As part of honouring this holy month a lot of Muslims choose to help and give to those in need. Meaning charities benefit greatly during this time of year.

8. Deaths during Ramadan are considered blessed

During such a sacred time there is still deaths, but Muslims believe that deaths that occur during Ramadan are blessed.

9. Ramadan is one of the five Pillars of Islam

As part of the Pillar that is known as Sawm. It is one of the key part of the Islam that Ramadan be carried out and shows their faith in Islam.

10. Some places the dawn till dusk fasting doesn’t apply

As certain part of the world have different daylight hours, some never seeing the sun set and some never seeing it rise for certain periods of the year. Muslims who live in these locations base there daylight and fasting hours of the day on the sunlight hours of Mecca.

11. If fasting is purposely broken it must be made up for

If fasting is deliberately broken then they are required to make up for it later with an additional day of fasting added.

12. There is a greeting for non-Muslims to use with Muslims during Ramadan

While non-Muslims don’t take part in Ramadan, it doesn’t take much to acknowledge it is happening. Non-Muslims can greet with ‘Ramadan Mubarak’ which means ‘have a blessed Ramadan’. It really just shows a respect to their faith and celebration that they might not expect.

13. At the end of Ramadan comes Eid-al-Fitr

A three day additional celebration occurs at the end of Ramadan. Usually spent with a lot of family and a lot of food to feast on. It really just finishes the celebration off with a warm and wholesome feeling to share with those closest to those involved.

By Jasmin