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Planning for Ramadan 2021? What to Know in Advance

With 2021 in full swing, the events on our calendars will soon be upon us. For our Muslim members of society, they might be thinking of getting the plans for the Holy month of Ramadan, in full swing. 

 While the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar does not kick off until April, it is advised to plan and purchase what you need early, particularly when the country is currently experiencing delays to the postal service due to Brexit and the Coronavirus pandemic.  

To find out a bit more about Ramadan and what you might need during the Holy Month and celebrate the month’s completion at Eid al-Fitr celebrations, read on for more.  

Fasting During Ramadan 

For those who have celebrated Ramadan for several years, they know what this sort of thing entails. If there are any newbies out there, this one is for you!  

Ramadan is the act of practicing fasting from food and drink throughout the day and breaking that fast during the night, following sunset. It is the act of improving yourself during the Holy Month, and refraining from any potential behaviours or habits, including that of smoking and showing negative or impactful emotions. 

While most Muslims practice eating Halal throughout the year, this is something that is continued throughout Ramadan.  

Therefore, due to the delays of shipments to supermarkets and other grocery stores, it is advised that you get the products that you require in advance, from halal meat companies like that of IMS of Smithfield.  

A critically acclaimed butcher’s, of which is considered one of the UK’s most credible halal meat suppliers; you can rest assured that you will have high-quality halal meat throughout the Holy month and beyond! 

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Celebrating the Completion of Ramadan 

When breaking the fast each day, most families sit together to enjoy their food and drink and often invite friends and family to join them. Muslims and non-Muslims are always welcome to participate in the celebrations, so it is an excellent way of casting your social net wide!  

With the Coronavirus pandemic meaning that things are still a bit up in the air concerning mixing with other households, we genuinely hope that restrictions will be eased slightly so that you can celebrate Ramadan with those nearest and dearest to you.  

Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the Holy Month and is signified when the new moon rises, so keep an eye out for this! The new moon will signify the start of a three-day celebration, where Muslim’s practice gratefulness to their religion for providing them with the strength and wisdom to complete the fasting. 

Some families will give presents to their children and decorate the house with symbols from the lunar calendar. Not to mention, wearing some of their best outfits to mark the occasion!  

Visiting family and friends and indulging on a celebratory feast is often done too and is one that each person looks forward to.  

We hope that this guide has been insightful and that you can celebrate Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr with your family and friends, after what has been a tumultuous year for many.  

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