All posts tagged: Ramadan

Non Western Holidays

I have discussed holidays a few times on this blog, mostly in relation to how our American holidays and celebrations can have negative effects on non-practicing students, families, and community members. This time, things are a little different. The Muslim holy month of Ramadan began on Monday, May 6th of this year. That means that practicing students around the world have been fasting from food during the day (if they choose) and fasting from music, song, and dance (also a choice which is up to the family). From my own observations and stories from across the country, I can see that our school systems were ill prepared for this holiday. Leadership, at many levels, failed to prepare spaces for fasting students to go during lunch as an alternate to sitting in the lunchroom. Prayer spaces, which normally facilitate a small number of students, suddenly became too small for students who observe a stricter schedule during the holy month. Worst yet, Eid al-Fitr, commonly known as Eid, falls on finals for many schools and universities, according …