This year Ramadan began on Monday 11th March and will last until around Tuesday 9th April. It is the 9th month in the Islamic calendar and the length of Ramadan is dependant on the lunar cycles.

During the holy month of Ramadan Muslims abstain from eating and drinking between dawn and sunset. Fasting allows Muslims to devote themselves to their faith and this time is considered one of spiritual reflection. Is it also known at the fourth of the five pillars of Islam.

The fast is broken each night at sunset with a meal known as Iftar. Usually this begins with the eating of dates and the drinking of water before other foods are consumed.

On Wednesday 13th March our school community were invited to join an Iftar meal, with some staff also choosing to fast alongside their colleagues during the day, some even choosing not to have water. The evening was shared with over 120 parents, children and staff and was a truly enlightening experience of cultural and religious exchange. Food was kindly provided by members of our Parent community and, after learning about what Ramadan means to them and their family, hearing about their traditions and observing their prayers, we were kindly invited to share in breaking fast together. First with dates and rose water then followed by a delicious and tremendous meal.

It was an incredibly moving event and many of our staff and Parent community from other cultural backgrounds felt very honoured to be a part of such a special evening. One Parent writes “It was such a brilliant evening, we all learnt so much about the beautiful and spiritual nature of Ramadan and felt very privileged to be invited to witness the prayers and share the amazing food”

A huge thank you must go to our Parents who arranged this event and Mr Mogul along with Mrs Foulger for hosting.

Ramadan Mubarak ☪️ to all in our school community and beyond who celebrate.