Ramadan 2024

Ramadan 2024

March 11, 2024 | Evident Change

A dark blue graphic that says "Ramadan."

Muslims worldwide will observe Ramadan beginning at sunset on March 10, 2024, and ending on April 9, 2024. Ramadan is considered to be the most sacred month in the Islamic faith and is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar. It commemorates the reveal of the Quran, the holy book for Muslims, which was revealed by the prophet Muhammad in the seventh century. Muslims believe that Ramadan is a time for celebrating God’s mercy and that through hard work and good deeds they can earn their salvation.

HOW RAMADAN IS CELEBRATED

During Ramadan, fasting is one way Muslims celebrate. Healthy adults abstain from food and drink during the daylight hours as a demonstration of spiritual devotion and compassion for those who are less fortunate. Those who fast begin their day with a pre-dawn meal (suhur) to sustain themselves throughout the day. They also engage in charitable and spiritual activities during the day and break their fast at sunset (iftar), often with a family or community event.

RAMADAN IN THE WORKPLACE

Here are a few tips on how to acknowledge Ramadan within organizations and work relationships.

  • Pay attention to people’s energy level and ask them whether they need any flexibility in their schedule. Some may want to start or end work at different times from usual.
  • Avoid things such as working lunches or other food-focused events during Ramadan.
  • Acknowledge Ramadan fasting practices by setting aside workplace foods, which can be taken and eaten after sundown.
  • If your team is engaging in any type of cultural learning, make space for colleagues who may want to share their cultural experiences and what it means to them (appreciations and challenges) to integrate their cultural identity and practices as employees. Take notes and make changes where possible.

Ramadan Mubarak! Have a peaceful Ramadan.