Marking the ninth month in the Islamic calendar, Ramadan is a time for the Muslim community to come together for reflection, family, prayer and the renewal of faith.
From dawn to sunset those observing Ramadan abstain from any food or drink. The temporary deprivation is a means to renew one's awareness and gratitude for life and family, compassion for those less fortunate, as well as drawing them closer to God.
During Ramadan, Muslim communities and families have one meal – Suhoor - before sunrise and another meal – Iftar – directly after sunset.
A time to come together as a community, breaking fast each night is traditionally observed with a sip of water and some dates at sunset with local Mosques and youth centres providing free iftar meals.
With most of the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims observing the holy month of Ramadan there is a high chance that someone you know – whether a friend, colleague, or neighbour – will be celebrating Ramadan.
If you want to wish your friends observing a happy Ramadan a common greeting is “Ramadan Mubarak” or “Happy Ramadan”. Small greetings such as these can go a long way to making sure your family, friends and community feel a sense of belonging and welcome to their community.