Ramadan starts next week, and the people here in Morocco are beginning to get prepared. If you aren’t aware of what Ramadan entails, it is a month on the Arabic (lunar) calendar. During this month (about 28 days), Muslims are required to fast from sunup to sundown, going without food or drink all day long. Many people I know use this time to reflect, forgive, and pray.
This will be my second Ramadan here in Morocco. I am looking forward to the Iftar treats that are placed on the table during the first meal after fasts are broken and the absolute quiet that occurs when the prayer is called to signal the end of fasting, as everyone heads inside to eat. I am also using this opportunity to talk with my children more about the meanings behind this and other Muslim holidays. Here is a center packet I created for my students last year to discuss the three major Muslim holidays – Ramadan, Eid al F’tr and Eid al Adha. Feel free to download it FREE from my Teacher’s Notebook store.