Source: World Religion News
Ramadan is celebrated during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and Muslims worldwide fast (Sawm) as a way of celebrating the receiving of the Quran by Muhammad, which is one of the five pillars of Islam. It is an annual event that lasts about 29-30 days depending on the moon and the Muslims focus on purification, prayer and charitable acts.
This year, Ramadan starts on Friday, May 26 to Saturday June 24 whereby the dates have been dictated by the lunar cycle. The Unique Trends Being Embraced During Ramadan
The fasting period is normally done by adults with an exemption the sick, pregnant and nursing mothers, if you are traveling, the elderly, diabetic patients or if you are on your periods. Fasting is seen as a way of cleansing the soul and being free from impurities and they abstain from food, drink, sex, swearing, sinful acts and gossip from early morning to the evening. Meals are only taken early in the morning (sufur) and late in the evening (iftar). Ramadan is around the corner and this year Muslims are seeking to have a deeper spiritual connection. This year’s theme of seeking a deeper, richer and more fulfilling spiritual experience is to enrich them so as to feel the spirit of the season and they have five unique trends. These trends are:
1. They plan to continue with the traditional Ramadan meals which are mostly water, dates, salads, appetizers, juice, one or two dishes and several kinds of deserts but they will pay more attention to nutrition. They want to embrace a healthy lifestyle during Ramadan so they will lean more on the use of organic ingredients and combine this with other activities.
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