Ramadan is the ninth month of the lunar Muslim calendar and a period of 29 or 30 days each year in which practicing Muslims fast during daylight hours. The morning meal, suhur, must be finished before dawn, and iftar, the evening meal that breaks the fast (sawm), cannot occur until after dusk. While the commitment to prayer and hours of fasting build community, so do the extensive preparations for the breaking of the fast with friends and family at iftar each night.
The Ramadan iftar has an extensive history and important place in the Muslim world due to its communal and festive nature. How well do you know the foods, desserts, and celebrations of Ramadan?
Featured image credit: Traditional Ramadan meal, Subcommandante, CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.