Ramadan is a religious holiday observed by Muslim people worldwide. The month lasts 29–30 days based on the sighting of the crescent moon. The holiday entails a month of fasting to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad.  Fasting is one of the five fundamental principles of Islam.  This year, Ramadan begins on May 16th. Ramadan in 2018 will start on Wednesday, the 16th of May and will continue for 30 days until Thursday, the 14th of June.

When is Ramadan

Ramadan lasts 29–30 days and is based on the lunar calendar, which means that each month begins with the sighting of a new moon. Because lunar months are shorter than the solar months used elsewhere, Islamic holidays begin on different days each year. Each year,Ramadan begins about eleven days earlier than in the previous year.

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How is Ramadan Celebrated? 

  • During the days of Ramadan, those observing the holiday abstain from eating, drinking, smoking and sex between sunrise and sunset.
  • Families gather at sundown to break the fast together
  • Many mosques will give free meals to the poor. 

 Ramadan Trivia/Facts: 

  • Fasting, maintained from dawn to dusk during the month, is supposed to bring one closer to God, and to remind one of those who are less fortunate.  It is a lesson in self-restraint. 
  • The other four pillars of Islam include daily prayer, giving to charity in some form, pilgrimage to Mecca and a declaration of faith. 
  • To break the fast, Muslims celebrate with a large feast called Iftar. 
  • The month concludes with a three-day festival. 

Celebrities who celebrate their birthday on May 16th: 

  • Liberace – Pianist 
  • William Seward – Secretary of State 
  • Henry Fonda – Actor 
  • Janet Jackson – Singer                                                                                                                                 
  • Billy Martin – Baseball player/manager 
  • Pierce Brosnan – Actor 
  • Woody Hermann – Jazz clarinetist/bandleader 
  • Olga Korbut – Olympic gymnast 

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Other holidays in May include Foster Care Day, Brother and Sisters Day and Nascar Day, as well.

For drinking holidays there is National HomeBrew Day, National Beverage Day and World Cocktail Day.

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