What Happens During Ramadan?
New clothes, gifts, late-night family feasts, sports and games, times of prayer, and special TV shows — Muslim children look forward to all these things during Ramadan. Ramadan is the ninth month on the Muslim calendar. During Ramadan, Muslims believe that older children and adults should fast from food and drink during daylight hours.
The Muslim calendar is different from the Gregorian calendar. (The Gregorian calendar is used for most purposes in the U.S. and around the world.) According to the Gregorian calendar, Ramadan starts about 11 days earlier each year. This year it starts in late May.
It can be difficult to avoid eating and drinking when Ramadan falls during the hot summer months. Muslims eagerly wait for sunset when their daily fast ends.
In some countries, Muslims are less friendly toward Christians during Ramadan. Pray for Christians in Muslim countries during the days of Ramadan this year.
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