It’s that time of the year again — Ramadan!
Did you know that over a billion Muslims around the world celebrate Ramadan? If you don’t participate in this religious celebration, you most likely know someone who does!
Whether you’re new to celebrating the holiday or just wish to learn more, we’ve gathered our top ways to show love and support during this special time. Here are four ways to wish someone a happy Ramadan:
1. Exchange traditional Ramadan greetings
Exchanging a traditional Ramadan greeting will always be appreciated by people who celebrate Ramadan!
Popular greetings include Ramadan Kareem or Ramadan Mubarak — which translates roughly to, “Have a generous/blessed Ramadan.”
At the end of the holy month, you could also say Eid Mubarak. This translation of “blessed festival” is great to use during Eid al-Fitr because it marks the end of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting, with a large celebratory festival.
2. Share iftar with others
Fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam. It’s done throughout the sunlight hours of Ramadan to observe this holy time. The fast is broken each day with iftar, the meal at sunset.
Sharing food brings people together and can be a great way to wish someone a happy Ramadan. If you celebrate, consider making an extra plate for friends or family. If not, help friends with their own iftar and gift them some traditional Ramadan foods or baked goods.
Sharing is caring!
3. Send gifts and cards to loved ones
Ramadan is a time of generosity. Throughout Ramadan, Muslims donate their time to good causes and exchange gifts to loved ones. Consider sending someone a handwritten card to express your well-wishes and gratitude this holy season.
4. Light the night with lanterns
Since many of Ramadan’s activities take place after nightfall, popular traditions center around the lighting of festivities. Stories dating back thousands of years tell of the fanous, or lantern, that originated in Egypt. Today, Muslims across the globe fill their homes with lanterns to create a festive atmosphere for others.
Consider decorating your porch with colorful lanterns, or gifting an easy battery-operated lantern to a friend! You can also fill your lanterns with essential oils or scented candles to add some extra flair to your celebration.
Ramadan is a time of reflection, generosity, togetherness and celebration. When it comes down to how to wish someone a happy Ramadan, just remember that there is no one right way. Ramadan Kareem, everyone!
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