I am not a Muslim but I love Ramadan, why you ask? Well I visit my friends when they are almost through with their fasting and help with the consumption of mouthwatering meals, fruits and all sorts; (that is what I call great timing) I am so excited as Ramadan draws near. Each year, millions of Muslims are prescribed to partake in a fast, abstaining from eating and drinking from sunrise to sunset every day of the month. The spiritual discipline is meant to train the human soul in deeper mindfulness and self-restraint. Here are interesting facts about Ramadan
Ramadan celebration: Like Christian Christmas and other holidays, Ramadan has become largely commercialized around the world. Advertisements skyrocket during the month, lavish buffets are offered, and hotels in Mecca charge extortionate prices to the pilgrims that flock to the holy city.
The impact of Ramadan on daily life is enormous: Egypt, for example, pushes back the clock for one hour, so that the work day seems shorter and people get through the fasting quicker. Inflation goes up, as people spend less money during that month.
Issues on Ramadan related stamps: Since 2001, the United States Post Service has issued Ramadan-related stamps. Due to globalization, Ramadan and Eid ul Fitr are increasingly practiced in Europe, Africa, US and other parts of the world.
Two groups of Muslims most people aren’t aware of: The two Muslim groups are called the Sunnis and Shi’ites. They break their fasting at different times. While Shi’ites wait for the last ray of light to disappear from the sky until they have food again, Sunni Muslims break their fast when the daily maghrib prayer begins. At this time, the sun has vanished, although the sky is still light.
Popular foods used to break fast: The most popular breaking-Ramadan food are dates, harvested in Egypt, North Africa and the Arabian Gulf states. The second most popular food has also something to do with dates: it is a fruit juice, jallab, containing dates, carob and rose water which is often served with pine nuts and raisins.
Exception to fast: there are people excused from fasting during Ramadan: pregnant women, breast feeding mothers, those who are mentally or physically ill. Children are not obligated to fast until they hit puberty, although many choose to observe the fast at least part of the month in preparation for later years.