From April 2 to May 2 this year, Muslims around the world celebrate Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar. This is the month in which Muslims believe that God gave Muhammad the Quran, their holy book.
During the month, Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset – not even water is allowed – then break their fast each evening with family and friends. Although the central tenets of the holy month are basically the same for all Muslims, celebrations and customs vary around the world. The period ends with the feast of Eid al-Fitr, literally “the feast of breaking the fast”, a celebration involving prayer and serious eating. (When Ramadan falls during the hot months, dehydration can be a serious problem. These are 13 warning signs that you are too dehydrated.)
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Since it is observed based on the lunar calendar, the specific dates of Ramadan change every year. In 2021, Ramadan started on April 12 for many, although those in different parts of the world could have started a few days later or earlier, depending on geography.
Each country and community has its own uunique traditions for holy month. In some places, colorful lanterns and fireworks are used to light up the night sky. Others use special songs and dances to mark the occasion, while almost every Muslim nation has its own special dishes for breaking the fast. There are nearly 2 billion Muslims in the world, making them one of the the greatest religions in the world.