RAMADAN / Ramzaan 2021 in NZ FASTING STARTS 14th April

Day may vary as per Moon sighting in New Zealand

Ramadan (رمضان‎ pronounced Ramzaan in Indian subcontinent) is the holiest month of the year for Muslims. Holy Quran was revealed to Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) on the night of Laylat Al Qadr. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Hijri (Islamic) calendar. According to the Gregorian calendar, Ramadan lasts for one complete Moon cycle which is approximately 29 or 30 days.

Announcement from Federation of Islamic association of New Zealand (FIANZ) Hilal Committee: New moon for the month of Ramadan 1442H has been sighted and 14th April, 2021 is the first day of Ramadan 1442H.

Fasting (रोजा) is observed by adult Muslims from dawn to dusk every day throughout Ramadan. Those who are ill, elderly, diabetic, pregnant, menstruating, with health issues or breast-feeding are not required to fast. Eid festival is celebrated at the end of Ramadan month.

Typical day during Ramadan for most Muslims is as follows:

  • Waking up before dawn to eat (Suhoor)
  • Performing the morning prayer
  • Fasting during daylight (prayers)
  • Breaking fast (Iftar), usually with dates
  • Evening prayer
  • Special prayer during Ramadan (Taraweeh)

Here are some tips for healthy eating during Ramadan:

  • Add fiber-rich foods like fruits and vegetables in your meals.
  • Drink plenty of water with meals and before sleeping
  • Have a bowl of soup
  • Eat slowly, especially at Iftar to avoid indigestion
  • Avoid consuming tea or coffee.
  • Avoid eating salty and deep fried food

Shab e Qadr or Laylat al Qadr, The Night of Power / Night of Decree is the holiest night during Ramadan. It is also known as Laylatul Qadr, Lailatul Qadr or Lailatul Qadar. Special prayers are organised on this night.

In Indian subcontinent, night before Eid is called Chand Raat (चांद रात). Women, specially young girls will apply traditional Mehendi (Henna / मेहन्दी). Eid is known as Ramzan Id or Eid-Ul-Fitr or Mithi Eid (मीठी ईद). People visit markets and sweets are prepared & distributed, specially Sivaiyya Kheer (सिंवैय्या खीर). Other popular sweets are Lachha, Gulab Jamun, Sheer Khurma, Jalebi etc. It is very common for Hindus and other people of other faith to visit Muslim friends & neighbors to convey Eid greetings.

Prayer time may vary as per Moon time or Moon sighting in New Zealand, please refer to local prayer hall in New Zealand / Mosque for details. There are many websites such as aladhan.com which provide location based prayer time. Ramadan is also written as Ramadaan, Ramazan, Ramathan, Ramadhan or Ramdhan at few places.

As New Zealand is in Southern Hemisphere, the Moon rise and Moon set timings are completely different than Northern Hemisphere countries like Saudi Arabia or India.  One can not simply take the time difference to decide on the exact date/time of the starting date of Ramadhan.

Event: Eid Mela and shopping exhibition, 2nd May, 10am to 6pm at 44 Westney Road, Mangere

Ramadhan Kareem. Happy Ramadan.

Stay Safe, Stay Healthy. Please follow NZ Government Covid19 guidelines.

Eid Al-Adha / Eid ul Adha / Bakri Id on 13th May (day may vary)

Eid-ul-adha 2021 in New Zealand

More info coming soon. Send event details to connect@indiansinnz.com

 

 

See also: NZ Festival calendar 2021