Ramadan In Jordan
By: Morgen Gallagher
Ceremonies and Traditions
Time of Celebration
Ramadan begins on the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and extends for about 29-30 days based on the visual sightings of the crescent moon. Muslims observe this as a month of fasting, and the celebration of Ramadan is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam. The celebration ends with the festival of Eid al-Fitr.
Comparison to an American Holiday
Ramadan can be most closely related to the American practice of lent for Christians. Similarly to Ramadan, the celebration of lent lasts over a long period of time and there are many similar aspects to each practice. Both holidays are times for penance and reflection and focus on the idea of sacrifice and prayer.
Ramadan and Eid Celebrations