Ramadan 2021

Lantern with Islamic verses in font of evening light
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The Muslim month of Ramadan starts on 12 April 2021.

During this holy month, Muslims are not allowed to eat food or drink anything, even water, during daylight hours. Many people will devote more time to prayer and charity during this month, as it is believed that good works done during Ramadan have greater benefit. It is one of the five pillars of Islam.

The first meal of the day is called suhur, and is taken before sunrise. People try and eat foods that will stop them being hungry as long as possible. So it might be eggs, beans, porridge, bran muffins, fruit and yoghurt.

At sunset the fast is broken with a meal called iftar, usually some dates to start, along with a drink of water. Then after the sunset prayers, the main meal is eaten. This can be a large banquet of a meal with a variety of dishes, salads, juices and sweets.

At the end of the month of Ramadan is the festival of Eid-al-Fitr, and celebrates the return to a more normal routine.

So Happy Ramadan, or Ramadan Mubarak.

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