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April 12 - Ramadan if you were not aware

Monday, April 12, 2021

Each week, part of our BSG challenge is to blog about something. Either we are given a topic, or we can choose. This month's topic was about Siblings Day - I am an only child, have no experience here, so looked for something else.

April 12th is National Grilled Cheese day. I find this quite silly. There seems to be a day for just about anything (like 4/11 was National 8 Track tape day - really??!!). I will make sure to celebrate it when the temps get cooler again and a grilled cheese and tomato soup fills my heart up. This day should be in fall or winter, not spring.

Anyway, I found this to be silly and looked up something else to celebrate. Today is the beginning of Ramadan for the Muslim faith. I don't know much about it, so for any of you interested, here is what it is.

The day varies because it happens during the 9th month of the lunar Islamic calendar. It begins a month long fasting, prayer, reflection and community and it is the holiest month for those in the Islamic faith. It cannot begin until the morning after the crescent moon is visible to the naked eye. Since the moon visibility differs around the world, it does not begin until the religious leader declares he has seen the crescent moon.

Muslims must fast from sunrise to sunset during this time, including water. After sunset, you can eat and drink. They are also supposed to abstain from sexual relations, smoking, immoral behavior and anger. It is believed that fasting produces self-discipline, self-control, sacrifice and empathy for those less fortunate.

It ends with a 3-day celebration called Festival of Breaking of the Fast (Eid al-Fitr). They exchanges gifts with one another, almost like our version of Christmas.

I found this all very interesting. Happy and Blessed Ramadan to all who celebrate!
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