Updated: Jul 8, 2021
Andalusia Speech wants to help promote diversity, inclusion and awareness. So we are introducing our religious and cultural holiday series, starting with Ramadan!
Ramadan is an Islamic month full of prayer, reflection, and spending time with loved ones, which began this year on April 12th, 2021 and will continue until May 13th, 2021. The end of Ramadan is celebrated with the holiday Eid! Muslims who observe Ramadan do not eat or drink from sunrise to sundown and are generally expected to reduce negative behaviours like lying, cursing, fighting, etc. Fasting and following these practices is meant to allow one to focus on their faith and self-improvement, be thankful for what they have, and be there for others.
Watch these adorable kids explain Ramadan in a video from Islamic Relief Canada!
Even if you aren't Muslim or aren't fasting, you can still be an ally by learning relevant vocabulary and phrases to greet your Muslim friends, family or colleagues during Ramadan. It's important to recognize that Muslims can be from any country and speak any language, and that even if someone identifies as Muslim, they may not participate in all the aspects of it, so it's better to ask than assume.
For kids, get them involved by teaching them the meanings of these vocabulary words and greetings, and then look for them in the word search created by Muslimah Mom:
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