Thursday, 25 May 2017

Ramadan Calendar


Here I will show you how I made a Ramadan calendar for my children. A Ramadan calendar works like an advent calendar but instead of counting down the days til Christmas, it counts down the days of Ramadan til Eid day.

During Ramadan Muslims must fast from dawn to dusk. This means that they must not eat or drink anything during daylight hours. The length of time of the fast varies each day as the days either lengthen or shorten throughout the month. At the end of the month, we celebrate Eid.

Muslims all over the world celebrate two Eids, or festivals, each year. The first is at the end of Ramadan and the second, two months later, comes at the end of the Hajj pilgrimage. Festivities can last for three days and include lots of food, presents and parties, as well as religious rituals.  

There are many ways to make a Ramadan calendar and I have made them a few different ways in the past. This year I wanted to make it slightly differently by including the phases of the moon on each numbered pocket to show the children how the moon changes throughout this special month. 

The Ramadan moon is something we talk about each year on the lead up to Ramadan. It is quite exciting waiting and keeping a look out for it, as this determines when Ramadan will begin and end and, therefore, when Eid day will be. We wait in anticipation for the new moon and then we know that the blessed month of Ramadan will begin.


Supplies

Coloured paper
Large piece of card
Washi tape
Double sided tape
Moon phases for the month (you can find them here. You will need to put the correct dates in to get the correct moon phases.)


Firstly, cut the coloured paper into long strips. The size of your strips will depend on the size of the card. I started by cutting the A4 sheets of paper into four pieces length ways but then had to trim them slightly to fit them on the card. 


Fold each strip of paper in half and secure at either side with washi tape to create a pocket.


Stick each pocket to the card with double sided tape. Number the pockets. Then cut out the moon phases and stick them on each pocket. Fill the pockets with whatever you like. For example, sweets, good deeds or Ramadan activities.


Have you ever made a Ramadan calendar?

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