Ramadan is a month-long Muslim holiday that occurs during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar (CNN). The holiday symbolizes the month that the prophet Mohammed first received the revelations which would form the foundations of the Quran (al-Jazeera). During this period, observants abstain from drinking or eating during daylight hours for an entire month (CNN). The fast commences at sunrise and is immediately broken at sundown, traditionally with the consumption of water and dates (CNN). The holiday’s ritual of fasting provides us with a reminder of those who are less fortunate, as well as an opportunity to become closer to God (al-Jazeera). The end of Ramadan is celebrated with Eid al-Fitr, a day of feasting that quite literally translates to “festival of breaking the fast” (al-Jazeera). In 2018, Ramadan began on May 16 or 17 and Eid fell between June 14-16, depending on the sighting of the new moon (al-Jazeera). As of 2015, there was a population of over 1.8 billion Muslims, many of whom were observing Ramadan (CNN).
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