Ramadan is a month-long time of fasting, with the date determined by the lunar calendar. This year Ramadan ends at sunset on August 18. Fasting means no food and nothing to drink (not even water!) When that’s in the heat and long days of summer, as it is this year, fasting from sunrise to sunset is particularly difficult. Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam: belief, prayer, almsgiving, fasting during Ramadan, and the hajj — pilgrimage to Mecca once during one’s lifetime. Ramadan includes prayer and almsgiving as well as fasting.
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