Ramadan or Ramzan is a popular festival of the Muslim community. It is celebrated worldwide during the 9th month of the Islamic lunar calendar. Ramadan 2012 will start on August 1 and end on August 30. However, this is the tentative date; the exact date for Ramadan 2012 will be confirmed when the new moon can be seen.
During the Ramadan, the Muslims conduct a fast in the daytime and offer prayers at night.
The fasting is done in order to infuse humility and spirituality among people. This goes on for the entire month until the Ramadan ends.
The Muslims consider the month of Ramadan to be auspicious for the revelation of God to human beings. This time period is the month when the Islamic prophet, Muhammad received the revelation of the Al-Qur’an.
Ramadan 2012 Events
Some of the interesting events that will be held during Ramadan 2012 are listed below.
Ramadan Fair: The Ramadan Fair will be held at the Expo Centre in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. The fair will start on August 11 and end on September 3, 2012. It is basically a consumer fair which also includes family entertainment events.
Ramadan Food Exhibition: The Ramadan Food exhibition is a special event that’ll start on July 17 and continue till July 29, 2012. Several local and international exhibitors participate in this event. This is a popular center of innovation in food and beverages.
Ramadan is the time when you can involve your kids and family members in several activities like crafts, crossword, word search puzzles, and word scrambles.
Ideas for Kids’ Crafts
Check out ideas on crafts where you can engage your children.
Creating an Islamic design: Encourage your kids to draw a mosque with a minaret. Cut out the picture and paste it on a cardstock paper. Create a poem on Ramadan and let your kids fill the picture with the write-up. Use attractive fonts to make the craft colorful and exciting. Let your kids color the picture and decorate it with glitter. Punch a hole on top of the mosque, so that you can tie a ribbon through it. This is to ensure that the cardstock with the picture can be hung from a wall.
Ramadan lanterns: You can involve your kids in Ramadan activities like creating lanterns meant especially for this occasion. All you need is a white or colored construction paper where you can create the shape of a lantern with the help of tracing paper. Encourage your kids to apply multiple colors like blue, gold, and green on each section of the lantern. Use crayons and markers to color the sections of the lanterns. Just make sure the lantern looks bright and colorful. Your kids will take interest in such a craft, and they’ll be happy to be part of such an exciting activity.
Night sky and moon project: You may help your kids create the night sky and moon project by using a blue construction paper. Trace the shape of the crescent moon on the paper to help your kids proceed with the project. Let your kids color the moon with crayons or markers. You can help your kids create star-shaped pieces out of a construction paper and glue them on the blue construction paper. Then glue the blue construction paper to a cardstock paper. Next, you should create a hole on top of the cardstock paper, so that you can hang the craft with a string or ribbon.
If you’d like to nurture your kids’ intellectual ability, engage them in Ramadan activities like crosswords which are themed to the special occasion. There are crosswords available online. Just check out the templates of the crosswords based on the theme of the Ramadan, and take printouts to hand them over to your kids.
Ramadan Word Search Puzzles
There are a number of websites which offer Ramadan word search puzzles. These puzzles are based on the theme of the occasion. The word search puzzles are exciting games which will help your kids to find out words related to the Ramadan and Islam. You can just take a printout of the word search puzzle and give it to your kids to solve it.
Ramadan Word Scrambles
The Ramadan activities like word scrambles can help you test your kids’ mental ability. With the help of these word scrambles, your kids will learn how to create relevant words from the jumbled arrangement of letters. The actual words will be related to the Ramadan. To get Ramadan word scrambles, visit a few websites offering relevant templates. All you have to do is take printouts of such templates and let your kids work on them.
If you’d like to know about Ramadan events and activities, check out the information given here. You’ll come to know how you can spend quality time with your children during this time of the year.