Ramadan is the the ninth month of the Islamic calendar – the most sacred month of the year for Muslims. Muslims believe that it was during this month in 622 A.D that God revealed the first verses of the Quran, Islam’s sacred text to Mohammed on a night known as “The Night of Power.”

According to vox.com, Ramadan is meant to be a time of spiritual discipline — of deep contemplation of one’s relationship with God, extra prayer, increased charity and generosity, and intense study of the Quran.

Although Ramadan is part of the Muslim culture, anyone can take part in fasting and all the other activities done during this time. People who participate in Ramadan will wake up early and eat a big meal so that they are not hungry throughout the day. Those who do not wake up early have a filling dinner before going to bed.

People who are not Muslim can respect Ramadan by praying along with their Muslim friends, avoiding eating in front of them or offering any food or drinks during their fasting period.

Ramadan is a time of celebration and joy, to be spent with loved ones!