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Did you know that Ramadan is the ninth month of the Muslim calendar; adults must not eat during daylight hours in the month of Ramadan? Did you know that the Muslim 'New Year's Day' is called 'The Day of the Hijrah'? Did you know that in Muslim countries the Eid al-Fitr (Id-ul-Fitr) celebration is an official public holiday that lasts for three days?

Fun Fact 1: What are the names of the important Muslim celebrations and festivals? Eid ul-Fitr (sometimes called Id-ul-Fitr) and Eid Al-Adha (sometimes called Id-ul-Adha) are the most important Muslim festivals. Eid is an Arabic word which means "festivity"

Fun Fact 2: Eid ul-Fitr (Id-ul-Fitr) takes place at the end of Ramadan. Ramadan is the Islamic holy month of fasting

Fun Fact 3: The Islamic calendar is shorter than a western Gregorian calendar; there are just 354 days in a normal year, and 355 days in a leap year. The dates of the Islamic holidays change each year in relation to the solar calendar

Fun Fact 4: When is the Muslim Festival Ramadan? Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, during the month of Ramadan Muslims fast do not eat or drink during daylight hours; this is called Fast

Fun Fact 5: Why do Muslims Fast? Fasting is following the ways of the Muslim god, Allah. Fasting demonstrates that Islam is the most important thing in a Muslims life. It also shows equality of the people - hunger feels the same whether you are wealthy or poor

Fun Fact 6: Young children, pregnant ladies and ill people are not expected to fast, sometimes the ill will donate money to the poor instead

Fun Fact 7: After sunset Muslims break their fast with a traditional meal which is called the iftar. The fast is usually broken with a snack and then a larger meal follows the evening prayer

Fun Fact 8: Ramadan is a time of worship, reading the holy book of Islam (the Qur'an) and to reflect and think about life; it is a time to reinforce connections with family and the community

Fun Fact 9: The month of Ramadan ends with the sighting of a new moon and the start of the Muslim celebration called Eid al-Fitr (Id-ul-Fitr)

Fun Fact 10: Eid al-Fitr (Id-ul-Fitr) celebrations including wearing new clothes, exchanging gifts, eating festive food and attending special services at a Mosque or place of worship

Fun Fact 11: During Eid Al-Fitr (Id-ul-Fitr) Muslims usually give a special gift of money to charity, the gift or zakat-ul-Fitr is collected and given to Muslims who are poor or in need

Fun Fact 12: Eid-al-Adha (Id-ul-Adha) is a festival of sacrifice that takes place around the 10th - 13th days of the Islamic month of Dhu al-Hijjah

Fun Fact 13: Eid-al-Adha (Id-ul-Adha) is when Muslims remember Ibrahimís (Abraham) willingness to sacrifice his own son to God - however, just as he was about to kill his son God replaced his son with a sheep which was sacrificed instead

Fun Fact 14: During Eid Al-Adha (Id-ul-Adha) Muslims are reminded of their own willingness to sacrifice and to follow God's authority. Eid Al-Adha (Id-ul-Adha) also marks the end of the yearly Hajj pilgrimage (religious journey) to the holy city Mecca in Saudi Arabia

Fun Fact 15: During Eid Al-Adha (Id-ul-Adha) a sheep, goat or cow is sacrificed (usually in an abattoir) the meat is shared out among family, friends and the poor

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