The Islamic holy month is always held on the 9th month of the Islamic Lunar calendar. Since the calendar depends on the moon cycle, Ramadan falls about 11 days earlier each year. Ramadan lasts for 29 or 30 days depending on the moon cycle.
When the sun sets, there is a communal meal called ‘Iftar’ where you break your fast, usually with your family or friends. But the month of Ramadan is about more than just fasting. You are also encouraged to do good deeds such as charity and abstain from sinful acts.
After a month of fasting, Muslims celebrate with a festival called Eid and wish each other ‘Eid Mubarak’ (Have a blessed Eid). Eid is a social event that is celebrated by having your family, friends and neighbours over for a large feast. Muslims decorate their homes and wear new clothes, and children and the elderly receive gifts or money packets.
While practices vary across the world, Eid is also a time when Muslims seek forgiveness from each other. COVID restrictions have meant Eid celebrations are smaller and socially distanced but are still meaningful.
“Ramadan Mubarak” means “Have a blessed Ramadan”.
“Ramadan Kareem” means “Have a generous Ramadan”.
You don’t have to be participating in Ramadan to say “Ramadan Mubarak” or “Ramadan Kareem”. They are festive greetings the same as “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Hanukkah”.
Ramadan Mubarak to all customers celebrating and observing it!