Questions you may have
Can you drink water?
During the fasting period of the day Muslims will not eat, drink or smoke.
How do you manage?
Many Muslims have grown up doing it from a young age. Young children may choose to fast during the weekend or keep half a fast (dawn to midday), this is a thing many young children wish to do so they can be a part of what adults do. This means by the time you become an adult you are used to it.
As there is such a sense of community around Ramadhan, the spirit created makes it easier. Muslims will encourage each other. They will go out their way to support each other. At home people will pull together and work as team on day to day things.
Fasting in it its nature is not easy, regardless of the reason you are doing it. Muslims understand this so although it may not be always easy, they push on and know that they will be rewarded by god for it.
Do children have to fast?
Children do not have to fast, but some may choose to fast on weekends and half days. Adults who are ill or have to take medication also do not have to fast. A pregnant lady does not have to fast if she chooses not to.
When does Ramadhan start/ end?
The month of Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic Calendar, it lasts for 29/30 days. The Islamic calendar is based around the lunar cycle, meaning that Ramadhan will move back by 10 days, each year. For example, the month of Ramadan begun in mid-April this year (2021) and so will begin in early April next year.