Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, and considered to be a holy month designed for fasting, spiritual reflection and worship for Muslim. For approximately 30 days, Muslims fast from dawn to sunset, abstaining from food, drink and impure thoughts leading up to Eid- Al Fitr, the final celebration. The pre-dawn meal usually consists of milk and dates, both considered fast-breaking foods.
At the time of sunset, Iftar, Muslims mark the end of the fast by sharing a meal with family and friends and then gathering for evening prayers, Tarawih, at the mosque. This important practice is an additional night prayer after the communal evening prayers.
The last ten days of Ramadan are particularly important and some will increase their nightly prayers. On the evening of the 27th day of Ramadan, Muslims observe Laylat al-Qadr, or "Night of Power." This special night is believed to be when the prophet Muhammad (PBUH) first received the Holy Qur'an.
Ramadan is expected to commence on March 10 and conclude on April 9, on confirmation of the sighting of the new moon.