Next Tuesday the western world will start a new year: 2019.
However, 1.75 billion Muslims worldwide are still in 1440 AH and the Islamic New Year doesn’t start until September 2019.
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:
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.
Have you ever heard of a cootie catcher? I never knew what one was until I learned all about them from Red Ted Art.
Today we helped make one for them that had a Ramadan theme. Stop by and check it out to print your own and test your friends on how much they know about the Muslim holy month. After you do, make sure to have a little fun coloring the date palms.
Once your cootie is put together, it will be exciting to ask all the questions.
Of course, all the answers can be found inside.
Shukran (شكرا thank you in Arabic) for the opportunity to share Ramadan with a new audience. Visit these other cootie catchers that Red Ted Art has made:
We are taking a break from our Ramadan crafts challenge today to get ready for a big night, volunteering for the ServeHope Seattle Ramadan Iftar fundraiser to be held at St. Marks Episcopal Cathedral in Seattle.
We will be working to help others enjoy a delicious dinner buffet of Middle Eastern food while supporting Gaza and Lebanon. The event will feature a young Palestinian-American chef, Abeer Najjer, who has been highlighted in Teen Vogue and was Lifetime Magazine’s selection to represent Illinois in HER AMERICA: 50 WOMEN, 50 STATES.
Abeer will talk about her experience as an immigrant, her passion for food, and Ramadan traditions.
Proceeds from ticket sales will go to sending one month’s supply of food to families in Gaza & Lebanon.
Since we will be enjoying delicious foods for our iftar (that I don’t have to make!), I thought it might be a good time to make a list of all the foods that are mentioned in the Quran. We will see how many we can name in Arabic when we see them at dinner.
Multicultural Kid Blogs is proud to be hosting its fourth annual Ramadan for Kids blog hop, where bloggers come together to share ideas for teaching kids about and honoring Ramadan. Don’t forget to check out our blog hops from last year, 2016 and 2015. Be sure to follow our Ramadan , Eid and North Africa & the Middle East boards on Pinterest for even more ideas and link up your own posts below!