Blessings for the holy month of Ramadan to our Muslim friends. Or, Ramadan Mubarak, which essentially means 'Happy Ramadan', or 'Congratulations, it's Ramadan'. Ramadan is the fasting month for Muslims and falls in the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. This year it begins on the evening of Friday 26 May and continues until the evening of Saturday, 24 June. This date changes every year due to the Islamic calendar being lunar. (The western world widely uses the Gregorian calendar, which is based on the sun.) Participants fast during daylight and the end of Ramadan Eid ul Fitr is marked with a large celebration. Ramadan is a time when one aims to improve one's shortcomings, forget old quarrels, forgive one another and ask for forgiveness for one's sins.
Ramadan is a time of intense prayer and religious devotion, and Muslims are encouraged to observe prayer five times each day. The end of Ramadan marks the beginning of Shawwal.