I’m wearing a yellow shirt today.
I decided to have coffee outside, and I felt the morning sunshine seeping energy through my system. I felt (think) energized. Whew!
We are expecting a long weekend, tomorrow is Eid ul-Fitr, which marks the end of the Ramadan. I have no plans yet for tomorrow. But I’ll give you here some facts on Ramadan.
1. It is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and the dates vary each year depending on the day (or more) of the astronomical new moon.
2. It is the month of fasting–Muslims refrain from eating, drinking and sexual relations— from dawn to sunset. After sunset, they gather for a fast-breaking meal known as Iftar. Over time, it has grown into festivities and small banquets.
3. It is intended to teach Muslims about patience, humility, and spirituality. It is often thought figuratively to burn away all sins.
4. Muslims start observing fasting at the age of puberty as long as they’re fit and healthy with no illness and disability. Pregnant women, the elderly, the mentally and chronically ill are exempt.
5. During the entire month, they are encouraged to read the Qur’an, the central religious text of Islam.
6. In Egypt, lanterns are known to be a symbol of Ramadan.
7. Eid ul-Fitr means “Festival of Breaking Fast”.
Have a long and happy weekend!