The Islamic holy month of Ramadan this year is from 2nd April to the 1st May. Ramadan is a time for spiritual reflection, prayer, doing good deeds and spending time with family and friends. One of the five pillars of Islam, the basis of how the religion is followed, is fasting. This requires that nothing is eaten or drunk during the time between dawn and sunset. This is an important part of the faith as it allows followers to devote themselves to their faith and come closer to Allah.
To support our young people and leaders who are fasting, it may be helpful to take into account that they might not be able to attend all the section meetings during Ramadan and to plan for this. Food intake can have an impact on mood and some young people, and perhaps adults, may seem a little flat or low. Adaptions in the programme to include some lower intensity activities or games may be helpful as would ensuring young people can sit out games if they feel unable to take part.
Think about including religious festivals in your programme throughout the year to support and respect people of all faiths and cultures and encourage young people to get involved with the planning of this. The event at the end of Ramadan (2nd May) is known as Eid al-Fitr where families and friends come together to celebrate with food and drink after an intense month of fasting.
Also, why not allow young people, particularly those fasting, guide how your section could also celebrate Eid.
Learn more about Ramadan and celebrate Iftar with activities, recipes, and crafts over on the Scouts website.