Smaller children may need a little help understanding the concept of Ramadan since time is hard for them to visualize.
I created this Ramadan lantern 30 day printable as the perfect little countdown for toddlers and young children to help see the 30 days of fasting, which is required of able Muslims during the holy month. It is free as a download once you subscribe to the A Crafty Arab newsletter.
You can give them a pen to mark off each day or maybe let them cover a circle with a sticker. You can place it on your refrigerator to use with magnets or even lay it on a flat surface and glue cotton balls or pom poms.
You can also turn the countdown into a lesson plan by learning numbers each day, either in Arabic, English or your own language.
If you do print it out and use it, please tag #CraftyRamadan so I can re-post it. Be sure to check out A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to see more printables.
Kul ‘am wa antum bikhair is an Arabic greeting said to welcome in a new year. It means May You Welcome Every Year with Good Health and is written like this
It can be said once a Gregorian or Hijri Islamic calendar begins. It is also said to someone at their birthday.
Last year, I created a Kul ‘am wa antum bikhair coloring page for kids and this year I took that same design and put it on a party hat.
Simply print it out on sturdy card stock and color it in.
Then cut out the solid lines and add adhesive along the flap past the dotted line.
Next, attach the flap to the rest of the hat in a cone shape, and punch holes on the sides for the string.
Finally attach string to the sides.
Now your Arabic New Years party hat is ready to wear at your next gathering. Print out as many as you’d like for your own personal use.
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Next Monday the western world will start a new year: 2018.
However, 1.75 billion Muslims worldwide are still in 1439 AH and the Islamic New Year doesn’t start until September 2018.
The first Islamic year began in 622 AD with the emigration of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) from Mecca to Medina, known as the Hijra. Thus the Islamic new year is sometimes called Hijri New Year, written in Arabic like this رأس السنة الهجرية and pronounced as Raʼs al-Sanah al-Hijrīyah.
The first day of the year is observed on the first day of Muharram, the first month in the Islamic calendar. The other months are:
- Rabi’ al-awwal
- Rabi’ al-Thani
- Jumada al-awwal
- Jumada al-Thani
- Dhu al-Qidah
- Dhu al-Hijjah
A few years ago, I found this wonderful way to explain the two calendars to my children.
I am so pleased that the author, Latifah Ibrahi, has created a new one, free for download here.
Don’t forget to support this wonderful business who is offering this service.