Ramadan is one of the biggest religious events of the year – millions of Muslims participate annually.
There are more than three million Muslims in the UK, and most of them will have their own traditions that go along with Ramadan.
Ramadan is a special month that is considered one of the five pillars of the island and commemorates Muhammad’s first revelation.
For Muslims, this is a time to reflect on the world and its beliefs.
Since the Islamic calendar is based on lunar cycles and not the Gregorian calendar, the Ext date of Ramadan changes every year.
Here is everything you need to know about Ramadan 2021.
When does Ramadan start in 2021?
This year Ramadan starts on Monday evening, April 12th.
Ramadan falls in the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and does not begin until the new moon is sighted.
When does Ramadan end in 2021?
Ramadan lasts between 29 and 30 days – and in 2021 it lasts 30 days and ends on Wednesday, May 12, 2021.
Ramadan ends with the Eid-al-Fitr holiday, which marks the beginning of the next lunar month.
What is ramadan
It is believed that the Koran – the Islamic holy book – was revealed to humanity during Ramadan through the Prophet Muhammad
During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims refrain from eating, drinking, smoking, sex, cursing, gossiping and sinful acts.
Eating or drinking in daylight is not permitted, although there are exceptions for those who are sick, travel, are elderly, pregnant, breastfeeding, have diabetes, or are on their period.
This is seen as a way for Muslims to purify their souls and learn about self-control.
Fasting begins at dawn after a light meal called “suhoor” has been consumed.
At sunset, a prayer called “Maghrib” marked the end of the fast, when worshipers traditionally eat dates with juice, milk or water.
Families break the fast after sunset and come together to enjoy an Iftar dinner.
Muslims also undertake additional prayers and worship to draw closer to Allah.