Ramadan begins for millions of Muslims

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From April 13 to May 12, 2021, millions of people around the world will experience the rhythm of sunrise and sunset. Ramadan begins for Muslims.

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From Saturday, April 2, 2021, until Monday, May 2, 2022, millions of people around the world will experience the rhythm of sunrise and sunset. This 30-day period corresponding to the ninth month of the Islamic calendar is called Ramadan.

What is ramadan?

During Ramadan, Muslims around the world (but not all!) Of the required age fast every day of the holy month. So they cannot eat or drink until the sun goes down. There are millions of Muslims around the world who celebrate Ramadan every year. In Canada, there are about a million who share the same religious values and norms. You should know that Ramadan goes beyond the deprivation of food and is also a moment of gathering (when there is no global pandemic!). Normally, as soon as the sun goes down, Muslims can gather in community, especially with the poorest, to share a meal after the fast of the day. Some children from the age of 7 are already starting to learn fast with their parents. From puberty, they will then have to experience Ramadan like the adults around them.

Why do Ramadan?

In addition to the fast prescribed for millions of Muslims, Ramadan is also the feast of the Koran (holy book of Muslims) and can result in several prayer sessions at the mosque. In this spirit of spirituality, many important events in the history of Islam are therefore highlighted. Ramadan is also considered the month of charity because, when it ends, Muslims have to pay alms (a gift to people most in need).

When is ramadan?

Ramadan is the name of the ninth month of the Hegirian calendar. This calendar varies from year to year because it is based on the cycles of the moon. The start of Ramadan is therefore based on the observation of the first crescent visible after the new moon. In 2021, Ramadan is from April 13 to May 12.



Subjects covered:

- Ethics and Religious Culture

  • Theme: Religious values and norms
    • Food and clothing practices

Target levels:

– 3rd cycle of primary

– 1st cycle of secondary

Targeted dimensions of digital competence

  • Producing content with digital
  • Communicate with digital
  • Developing and mobilizing information literacy

Suggested digital tools

  • LearningApps
  • Paper or Autodesk Sketchbook

Educational intention of the guide

The following activities will allow students to draw on practices related to Ramadan to address the moral dimension of religions.

Objectives of the activities

  • Watch a capsule on Ramadan and answer related comprehension questions to deepen our knowledge.
  • Create a "sketchnote" to make our thoughts visible and summarize what Ramadan is.

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