Have you ever wondered what Ramadan is? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Every year, all over the world, millions of people in the Muslim faith celebrate and participate in Ramadan. It’s a time of reflection, fasting, and spirituality. To celebrate, they follow certain customs and rules for a lunar month. At the very end, they have a big celebration. Even though it happens every year, there are still plenty of people who aren’t aware what it really is. Hence, why you’re probably here. Curious to find out more about it? Here are 25 Intriguing Ramadan Facts You Might Not Know.
It's celebrated on the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. This year (2018) it lasts from May 15th to June 14th, but those dates vary each year.
Curious to know about how many people celebrate Ramadan? Well, to give you a general idea, as of 2015, there were 1.8 billion Muslims in the world. That number is expected to increase by 3 billion by 2060.
Made specifically for the holy month, lanterns, called Fanoos, can play a big part in decorating for the celebration and have become a typical symbol for Ramadan. They're especially popular in Egypt but have spread to other countries as well.
Due to high demand, in some countries, prices for certain foods and clothing inflate dramatically during Ramadan. For example, the price of tea can be six times higher than usual. Subsequently, economic productivity drops due to the sluggishness people feel from fasting.
You might be wondering how athletes deal with fasting, and there are many different ways. Some athletes will have make up fasting days; some will fully participate and claim their performance even improves. There are also others who will drink a little water or fast except for a small pre-game meal.
Charity is a huge part of Ramadan. Muslims are encouraged to give on a regular basis in the form of "Zakat," which is mandatory, or "Sadaqa," which is voluntary. Muslims who give during Ramadan supposedly reap greater rewards.
If they fast correctly and still eat a proper diet, many Muslims experience positive benefits from fasting. It can release endorphins and improve mental well-being. A detoxification process in their body can also occur.
On Eid, Muslims will wake before dawn and say a special prayer called "Salatul Fajr." Then, they'll wash and put on their best clothes and cologne. They also celebrate by giving, eating a large meal with family, and going to the mosque.