It’s the holy month of Ramadan and here at Tongue in Cheek we love to join in and celebrate all occasions throughout the year with all our customers, so along with our new range of gift chocolate for the Eid celebrations we thought we would share some of our knowledge on Ramadan.
Ramadan is the 9th month of the Muslim, Islamic calendar, a religious annual observance and month of fasting that is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. During this month of Ramadan, Muslims fast from dusk until dawn. This time spent fasting is meant to be used for prayer, charity, spirituality, and for purifying the mind and body.
The actual beginning of Ramadan is determined by the sighting of the new moon, or astronomical calculations. Because of this, the actual date when Ramadan begins each year differs from year to year.
Here are some interesting facts about Ramadan.
- Ramadan is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. The other pillars are
- Salat (prayer),
- Shahada (an affirmation that there is no deity besides God and his prophet is Muhammad),
- Zakat. (charity), and
- Hajj (making a pilgrimage to Mecca at least once during one’s lifetime).
- Muslims all over the world regardless of nationality, ethnicity, race or colour participate in fasting for the entire month of Ramadan.
- Ramadan is remembered as the month in which the prophet Muhammad received the first of the revelations that make up the Quran. Ramadan is also called the “month of the Quran”.
- Fasting during Ramadan occurs from dawn until sunset. Before dawn, Muslims eat a pre-fast meal called Suhoor. At sunset, they break the fast with a meal called Iftar.
- Muslims are not allowed to eat or drink during the fast and this also prohibits chewing gum during Ramadan.
- If done correctly, fasting during Ramadan can release endorphins that improve mental well-being. It can also help detoxify the body.
- If someone deliberately breaks their fast during Ramadan for no legitimate reason, they are required to make up the missed day later.
- If a non-Muslim meets a Muslim during Ramadan, the appropriate greeting is “Ramadan Mubarak,” which means “have a blessed Ramadan”.
- Muslims usually eat dates to break their fast.
- Of the 7 billion people in the world, 22% (1.6 billion) fast during Ramadan.
- During Ramadan Muslims are obligated to give to charity through Sadaqa (voluntary giving), or Zakat (mandatory giving).
- After Ramadan is over, Muslims have a three-day celebration called Eid al-Fitr, or “festival of the breaking of the fast,” where people come together to eat, enjoy family and friends, and exchange gifts.
Don’t forget if you’re stuck for a gift idea, check out our new range of Eid chocolate boxes for the perfect gift. They’re filled with yummy chocolate truffles and wrapped in bespoke packaging specially designed for the occasion. You can even include your own personal Eid Mubarak message card inside!