Every day during the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, Ramadan observers spend their daylight hours fasting. During Ramadan, a sense of belonging, social cohesion, and togetherness is reinforced among community members. There is no eating or drinking from sunrise to sunset. Observers also abstain from sexual activity. At the end of the fast, delicious meals are shared with family and friends. Eid al-Fitr, a three-day festival, awaits observers at the end of Ramadan. How much do you know about the rich history and cultural importance of this religious holiday? Test your knowledge with this challenging quiz.[qzzr quiz=”71402″ width=”100%” height=”auto” redirect=”true” offset=”0″]
Learn more about the cultural traditions of Ramadan with Oxford Islamic Studies Online.
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