Ramadan Begins on March 23, 2023

Ramadan Begins on March 22, 2023
Posted on 03/21/2023
Ramadan Begins on March 22, 2023

For all those observing, we wish OCDSB families a blessed Ramadan.

Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar. It is a period of prayer, fasting, charity-giving and self-accountability for Muslims all over the world. Ramadan ends when the first crescent of the new moon is sighted again, marking the new lunar month start. Eid-al-Fitr, on April 21, 2023 is the Islamic holiday that marks the end of Ramadan.

During this time, fasting is obligatory for all able Muslims who have reached adolescence if they are able. However, the month of Ramadan is more than just fasting from sunrise to sunset. Muslims are also required to abstain from worldly activities, focusing more on worship through prayer, reading the Qur’an, charity work, family gatherings, as well as restraining oneself from using foul language, gossiping, suspicion and/or anything that entices negativity towards others or to oneself. This is a month of cleansing one’s soul and purifying oneself.

While students are encouraged to continue their school activities during this time, teachers will be flexible and accommodate the needs of those participating in Ramadan. Some students will wake very early to pray and eat before sunrise, and may be tired from fasting later in the day. 

Ramadan also provides an opportunity for all students to learn about this occasion and expand their understanding of Islamic culture. Below are a few resources to learn more about Ramadan and Eid.

What is Ramadan?

More About Ramadan 

How to support students during Ramadan
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