Today is the last day of Ramadan. As I mentioned in my earlier post, it’s a great opportunity to introduce children to different cultures, religions and traditions. Over 1 billion people celebrate Ramadan and the month-long fast. Today is Eid al-Fitr, the end of the fasting. If you are not a practicing Muslim, your child will have many questions about Islam, why do they fast? why do they cover their heads? Talk to them and answer their questions. The Washington Post has a beautiful front page photo today of children marking the end of Ramadan.
If you’re looking for a few more Ramadan activities for kids, the folks at Islam News Room have put together a great list of various activities, books and games. The celebration continues all month long so spread out your conversations, activities and books over the duration of Ramadan. Raising the subject of Ramadan reminds kids–even if they aren’t participating — that over 1 billion people around the world are still observing and celebrating.
Ramadan begins this evening. A religious holiday celebrated by more than 1 billion Muslims around the world with daily fasting, self-sacrifice and prayer. Understanding Ramadan and those that practice Islam is part of our global education – particularly for families that do not celebrate it. The most interesting aspect of Ramadan for kids is the idea of not eating anything from sunrise to sunset. Talking about this celebration and the commitment, self-discipline and prayer that continue throughout the month is a way for them to understand a little more about 1 billion people and Islam. There are a few sites that could be helpful to discussing Ramadan with your children.