Do people of your religion eat and drink less during certain times of the year? This custom is called fasting. Muslims, people who follow the Islamic religion, fast for a month every year.

Both the long fast and the month are called Ramadan. This is the ninth month of the Islamic year. Because the Islamic calendar is based on the moon, the dates of Ramadan change. During the early 2000’s, Ramadan occurs in autumn in the northern part of the world, but each year it moves a little earlier in the year.

During Ramadan, Muslims fast every day from dawn to sunset. They fast to have their sins forgiven. Those who cannot fast for some reason must either make up the days they miss or feed the hungry. Pregnant women, young children, the elderly, and people who are ill do not have to fast.

In the daytime, Muslims work less and spend more time praying and reading their holy book, called the Quran.

Muslims celebrate the end of Ramadan with a great festival called the Festival of the Breaking of the Fast. It is one of the two great Muslim festivals. The other is the Festival of Sacrifice.

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