FOR the past month Muslims across the world have been partaking in Ramadan - a holy period of giving to charity and fasting to mark "the best of times". Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar, celebrating the moment the Koran was revealed to the prophet Muhammad. So, what happens during the religious month and when is Eid al-Fitr in 2019? When is Ramadan 2019? Ramadan began on the evening of Sunday, May 5, 2019 and continued for 30 days until June 4, 2019. The beginning and end are determined by the lunar Islamic calendar – meaning it depends on when the new moon is sighted. Hilal, the crescent, is usually a day or more after the astronomical new moon. The "night of power" or "night of decree" is considered the holiest night of the year, as Muslims believe the first revelation of the Koran was sent down to Muhammad on this night. It's thought to have occurred on an odd-numbered night during the last ten days of Ramadan - the 21, 23, 25, 27 or 29th. The holiday of Eid … [Read more...] about When does Ramadan 2019 end in the UK and is Eid today?
EVERY year millions of Muslims around the UK and across the world celebrate Eid al-Fitr. The date of the religious observance changes annually, as it is based around the lunar calendar. Here is everything you need to know about it. What is Eid al-Fitr? Eid or Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan, which is a month of fasting that starts on May 5 and finishes on June 4 in 2019. It is an important religious holiday for Muslims and is a day when they are not permitted to fast. It kick-starts the month of Shawwal, which begins with a feast to end the period of fasting. The celebration is a public holiday in many Muslim countries, but is not one in the UK, despite a campaign for it to be recognised back in 2014. During Eid, Muslims will often purchase new clothes for the occasion, and take part in festivals and celebrations. Many will wake up early to pray at a mosque or outdoor prayer venue. Gifts and cards are often exchanged among friends and family. Eid means "celebration" and Mubarak … [Read more...] about What date is Eid 2019, when does it end, how is it celebrated and how does Eid al-Fitr differ from Eid al-Adha?
EVERYONE looks forward to the influx of bank holidays that arrive around Easter and May each year and 2019 is no different. But what exactly is May Day and when is our early May long weekend this year? What is May Day and when is the UK bank holiday? May Day is a holiday usually celebrated on May 1 and is a day that stems from ancient celebrations of spring. However, in England, May 1 is not a public holiday unless it falls on a Monday. Instead, since 1978 the Spring bank holiday has always fallen on the first Monday of the month. This year, as May Day falls on a Wednesday, the bank holiday is moved to the following Monday, which is May 6. Unlike the other bank holidays, the first Monday in May is taken off from schools by itself, and not as part of an end of term or half term holiday. The reason for this is because the day has no Christian significance - so doesn’t fit into the usual school holiday pattern. In the UK, May 1 is also International Workers’ Day – or … [Read more...] about Happy May Day 2019! How is 1st May celebrated in the UK and what traditions and quotes are there?
RAMADAN is observed by Muslims around the world as a period of fasting to commemorate "the best of times". It celebrates the moment the Koran was unveiled to Muhammad, according to Islamic belief. Here's what else we know about the holy month, that will start up later this year. When is Ramadan 2019? This year Ramadan is due to start on the evening of Sunday, May 5, and will continue for 30 days until Tuesday, June 4. However, the beginning and end are determined by the lunar Islamic calendar – meaning it will depend on when the new moon is sighted. Hilal, the crescent, is usually a day or more after the astronomical new moon. The "night of power" or "night of decree" is considered the holiest night of the year, as Muslims believe the first revelation of the Koran was sent down to Muhammad on this night. It's thought to have occurred on an odd-numbered night during the last 10 days of Ramadan - the 21, 23, 25, 27 or 29th. The holiday of Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan and … [Read more...] about When is Ramadan 2019, when does the holy month start and finish and what does Ramadan Mubarak mean?
TODAY is Easter Sunday and everyone is excited about some extra days off work. As we enjoy the UK bank holiday, which part of the Easter story does it honour? Here's the lowdown... When is Easter Sunday? TODAY is Easter Sunday - April 21. The date is decided by a complex set of calculations based on observations of the moon. In early Christianity, different churches used different methods, leading to disagreements which remain unresolved centuries later. Eastern and Western churches continue to celebrate Easter according to different calendars, although sometimes by chance the festivals coincide. Is Easter Sunday a bank holiday? Though Easter Sunday is obviously on a weekend, we still get Monday, April 22 off as it's a bank holiday, but not every workplace will give employees this Easter date off. Bank or public holidays do not have to be given to employees as paid leave, an employer can decide whether to include bank holidays as part of a worker’s statutory leave. The Government … [Read more...] about Happy Easter Sunday 2019! As we enjoy the UK bank holiday, which part of the Easter story does it honour?