Ramadan Mubarak 2021
The evening of April 12th, 2021 marked the start of Ramadan—an Islamic religious holiday that lasts for one month (the 9th month of the lunar calendar). Ramadan is a time of self-reflection and self-improvement while connecting with the divine and with humanity. Common practices during Ramadan include prayer and fasting. Fasting is the abandonment of physical (e.g. food and water) and abstract (e.g. ego) actions. Fasting occurs from first light of the day until sunset and is repeated for each day of Ramadan. This year, dawn will occur at approximately 4:30am and dusk will occur at approximately 8:30pm. Breaking the fast—or feasting—is often a community practice, shared with family, friends and others participating in Ramadan. Thus, it is common for those observing Ramadan to be up well into the night, in community or in prayer; as well as rising early to eat and pray before dawn.
The end of Ramadan is observed by the major holiday of Eid al-Fitr or the “Festival of the Breaking of the Fast.” In 2021 the holiday will be held on May 13th. Children traditionally receive new clothes, money or gifts from parents, relatives and friends. A special prayer and sermon are held the morning of Eid day, followed by a community celebration. Food, games and presents for children are important parts of the festivities, as friends and family spend the day socializing, eating and reuniting with old acquaintances. The greeting Eid Mubarak means “blessed holiday!”
Ramadan is observed by nearly 2 billion people across the world, including a significant population of FSU students, faculty, staff and administration. It is important for those who do not observe Ramadan to be aware of the holiday, its practices and the potential impact it may have on those who engage its practices. For example, faculty and staff should be aware that students who observe Ramadan may be tired, hungry, or dehydrated in class or events, especially if they take place late in the afternoon or early evening—several hours into the fasting period. Students may also need time to pray throughout the day and may seek solitary or secluded spaces on campus where they can spend time in prayer and quiet reflection.
If you are a faculty or staff member who needs assistance with securing an accommodation for Ramadan or any other religious observation, please contact Amber Wagner in the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Office at firstname.lastname@example.org. For students seeking assistance with a religious accommodation, please work with your professors and/or relevant staff members.