April 13th marked the start of Ramada. For Muslims around the world, it is a very important holiday. The month-long celebration marks the revelation of the Quran to the Prophet Mohammad. Based on the Islamic calendar, it begins and ends with the crescent moon. Ramadan is celebrated with fasting, prayer, reading the Quran, reflection, and charity. Breaking the daily fast beckon time with family and friends as does celebrating Eid el Fitr at the end of Ramadan.
To learn more about Ramadan:
Ramadan Q&A Arab-America (original source New York Times)
Watch this video: What is Ramadan? A visit with and Australian family as they break their fast and what it means to them.
Did you know...that not all Arabs are Muslims, and not all Muslims Arab? Though Islam is the major religion in the Arab world, Arabs are also Christians, Jews, Druze, and other religions. The country with the largest Muslim population is actually Indonesia.
World Muslim Population
For K-12 curriculum material on Ramadan or Islam, contact me and I will be glad to share my resources with you.