The holy month of Ramadan begins on the first day of Ramadan which is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar. This year it starts on July 8, 2013. After 30 days or so, dependent on the sighting of the moon, the end of the fasting month is celebrated by Eid where the devout celebrate after having completed the month of fasting successfully starting with the morning prayers after which greetings are exchanged children are given an Eidi, a gift of money followed great rejoicing and feasting and picnics.
The great Muslim poet Jalal al-Din Muhammad Rumi’s Ramadan poems 13th century AD:
“O moon-faced Beloved,
the month of Ramadan has arrived.
Cover the table
and open the path of praise.”