The Islamic calendar follows the moon-sighting methodology. Every year it falls short of the solar calendar by eleven days. Ramadan, the holy month is observed in the ninth month of the twelve-month Islamic calendar. Ramadan is celebrated as the month during which the Prophet Muhammad received the initial revelations of what became the Quran.
Activities like eating, drinking alcohol, smoking and even sexual activities are strictly forbidden. Ramadan is a time during which Muslims are advised to practice self-restraint and self-reflection. Fasting is a way to purify the soul and empathize for those in poverty. They continue with all other usual activities like going to work and school and performing other usual activities during this time...
Many of us fasting in Ramdan tend to forget the value of supplication/dua while remaining restrained from worldly affairs and physical basic needs. We miss the opportunity of asking from Allah in one of the most precious times by keeping ourselves busy in last minute preparation of Iftar, preoccupying by organizing food and engage ourselves in other acts.
Ramadan comes to an end with a major celebration known as Id al-Fitr, the Feast of Fast-Breaking. It starts the day after the holy month concludes and continues for the next three days. Id al-Fitr calls for special prayers and meals with near and dear ones, and gifts are often exchanged among them.