Ramadan 2020

Brianna Caldwell '22, Staff Writer

Just as Christians will finish fasting for Lent, Muslims all over the world will start to prepare to celebrate Ramadan, the Islamic season of abstinence. Ramadan, which starts on April 24th and goes until the 23rd of May, is a time of fasting and prayer. It commemorates the time that Allah revealed the contents of the Qur’an, the Islamic holy book, to the prophet Mohammed. 

To Muslims, the obligation to fast is called sawm and is one of the five pillars of Islam. Unlike Catholic fasting, Muslims must abstain from consuming anything while the sun is upeven liquids (of course, the pregnant, old, young, and sick are excused from this). But after the sun goes down, large meals called iftar are eaten in order to make up for the lack of food consumed during the day. All throughout Ramadan, Muslims focus on reading the Qur’an, partaking in prayer, attending mosques, and practicing good deeds.

The last day of Ramadan is called Eid al-Fitr, meaning “The Breaking of the Fast.” During this Islamic holiday, an even more lavish feast is enjoyed with close and distant family. Traditionally dates are the first thing to be eaten after the fasting period, followed by sweets such as baklava, falooda, halwa, and more. Some people even call this day the Sweet Holiday.