Ramadan

Ramadan started on April 12th and ends May 12th; it’s the holiest time of the year for Muslims.

One of the things that I learned about Islam while studying it was that while Islam is a religion, being a Muslim is also a culture and identity.

Some people now consider themselves Atheists but still feel culturally Muslim, either because of where they were born or how they were raised.

Just like Atheists who celebrate Christmas without the religious trappings, some Atheists celebrate the secular portions of Ramadan, such as;

Fasting (helps bring about a sense of empathy for the poor)

Sharing meals with family and friends

Quiet meditation and reflection other than prayer

Giving to charity and helping the poor

Eid al-Fitr celebrates children traditionally receive new clothes, money, or gifts from parents, relatives, and friends. Food, games, and presents for children are essential parts of the festivities, as friends and family spend the day socializing, eating, and reuniting with old acquaintances.

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