Ramadan, what is it and what they usually eat during this traditional period

On June 18th 2015 Ramadan started — the "hot month" of the year, originally named this way because was celebrated in the hottest month of the year.

It is the ninth month of the Muslim lunar calendar, very different from the solar calendar we use everyday. Fasting is one of the five duties of Muslim and during Ramadan month, Muslims believe, according to their religion, that Muhammad received the Koran as “guidance for mankind and clear proofs of the guidance to straight line direction and salvation”.

During this long period, about a month, Muslims are asked to avoid food during the day and water, sexual activity, smoking, abstaining from lying or say or do bad actions towards others. Based on latitudes and longitudes depending on the country where they are living, the period of fasting that everyone must observe varies tremendously: who is observing Ramadan for example in Denmark, should remain fasting for about 21 hours of their day, while in South America, Australia and South Africa, fasting last about 12 hours.

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