In a few days, millions of Muslims around the world will recognize Ramadan with prayer and dawn-to-dusk fasting for a month.
Here’s what you should know about the Islamic holy time.
What is Ramadan?
Ramadan is a month when Muslims fast and pray to grow closer to Allah. It’s a time to improve moral character and focus on positivity. Observance is one of the Five Pillars of Islam.
When is it?
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. It can last between 29 and 30 days.
The dates vary each year, depending on a moon-sighting methodology. This year, Ramadan will begin May 15 or May 16 and end between June 14 and June 16.
What can Muslims eat or drink?
Nothing, during fasting hours. A single sip of water would break the fast. Muslims can eat a pre-dawn meal (usually packed with power foods like fava beans, dates, potatoes or yogurt) to get them through the day. After sunset prayer, Muslims are also allowed to eat and drink as part of iftar, a feast with family and friends.