PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FOLLOWING WAS REWORDED ON JULY 5, 2013 BECAUSE RAMADAN DATES CHANGES.
Ramadan Mubarak! Ramadan Greetings to those who adhere to these traditions!
You may notice that some stores have a section with a Crescent Moon and a Star and the words Ramadan Mubarak.
We will attempt to offer the following clarification of its meaning.
The Crescent Moon and Star is the internationally-recognized symbol of the religion of Islam and is featured on the national flags of nations including Turkey, Pakistan, Tunisia, Algeria, Mauritania and Tunisia, and originally, the symbol of the Ottoman Empire (1299 to 1923).
Ramadan is a month-long period of fasting and prayer beginning July 9, 2013, until August 7, 2013.
Ramadan Mubarak is a greeting among Muslims conveying blessings and good wishes.
A period during which Muslims fast during the daylight hours and at dusk (sunset) have a communal meal referred to as Iftar which is practiced in Bangladesh, Brunei, India, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Maldives, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Afghanistan, in Muslim majority territories of Russia and Islamic communities in The United States and Canada.
Ramadan is a time of abstinence, increased prayer, devotion and reading of the Quran (Koran) - the central religious text of their faith.
Additionally, it is a period for self-improvement, community involvement and acts of charity.
The festival of Eid ul Fitr (Eid al Fitr) is celebrated at the end of Ramadan (August 7, 2012) breaking the month long period of fasting. It is a day of celebration, joy, worship and occasion of gift-giving to the kids.