Happy Father’s Day!

Father’s Day is a day for celebrating fathers and all that they do.

It wasn’t until 1972, 58 years after Mother’s Day became a national holiday, that Richard Nixon made Father’s Day a national holiday as well. Father’s Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June. This year the holiday falls on Sunday, June 19.

Father’s Day is a day to show appreciation for your father. This is typically done in the form of a card and/or a small gift. The traditional Father’s Day gift was likely a tie.

The video below shows the sacrifices fathers make for their children.

Be sure to thank your father for all he has done!

 

Ramadan Kareem!

Ramadan Kareem

Did you know that the holy month of Ramadan started on Monday, June 6, this year for most Muslims around the world and will last until approximately July 5? This is the holiest month of the year for the religion of Islam and is celebrated by over 1 billion Muslims worldwide.

Here are some facts you may not know about Ramadan:

  • Ramadan is based on the Islamic lunar calendar (Hijri). It begins with the sighting of the new moon on the 9th month of the calendar. As the lunar calendar is shorter than the Gregorian calendar, Ramadan starts approximately 11 days earlier each year.
  • During Ramadan, Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset, abstaining from eating, drinking, smoking, and chewing gum during this time.
  • Ramadan is a time for cleansing the soul, worshiping, and practicing selflessness.
  • Children, elderly, sick, and pregnant women are exempt from fasting.
  • Every evening, the daily fast is broken with a dinner (Iftar) typically with family.
  • The end of Ramadan is Eid al Fitr, a three day celebration after the month of Ramadan marking the end of the fast.
  • The work day is typically shorter during Ramadan in Muslim countries.
  • To wish someone a happy Ramadan, say “Ramadan Kareem!”

 

Some facts you may not know about Islam:

  • There are currently 1.2 billion Muslims in the world, 6 million of which are in the US.
  • Islam is the second largest monotheistic religion in the world.
  • The five countries with the largest Muslim populations (largest to smallest) are: Indonesia, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Nigeria.
  • Most Arabs are Muslims, but most Muslims are not Arabs.
  • Islam is one of the fastest growing religions in the US.
  • The first Mosque in the US was built in the 1920s
  • Muslims believe in Jesus as a prophet, but not as the Messiah

If someone you know is a Muslim, wish them “Ramadan Kareem” during this month!

If you would like to learn more about Ramadan, here are some additional resources: