Everything you need to know about Ramadan

It’s that time of the year again when water bottles and snacks disappear from desks, eateries become crowded close to sunset and some breaths become slightly more odoured. The blessed month of Ramadan is upon us. The thought of surviving from sunrise to sunset without food and drink (and yes, that includes water too) can seem unfathomable to those that don’t understand the essence of this holy month. The truth is though, for 99.9% of Muslims it’s our favourite time of the year and the month we most look forward to. So for those that have always wondered about its significance or felt a little uncomfortable asking seemingly silly questions, Cape {town} Etc’s Tauhira Ajam offers a little guide to understanding the basics of Ramadan. When does it start and when does it end? Muslims follow a Lunar Calendar consisting of 12 months in a year of either 354 or 355 days. This is why Ramadan begins ten to 12 days earlier each Gregorian calendar year. Ramadan marks the ninth and holiest month of the Islamic calendar. It lasts either 29 or 30 days, depending on when the new crescent moon is or should be, visible (we won’t get into … Continue reading Everything you need to know about Ramadan