The Holy month of Ramadan is observed in the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. It is based on the visual sightings of the crescent moon and lasts 29 to 30 days. It is a month of increased prayer, charity, reflection and renewal of friendships for the Muslim community.

Ramadan is a solemn time, and being culturally sensitive is extremely important. All the rules on culture and etiquette should be even more carefully observed during this period.

Although non-Muslim employees are NOT expected to fast, out of respect for fellow co-workers, workplaces must observe a non-eating, drinking and smoking policy in any open areas. Exemptions may be made for food and beverages that can be consumed discreetly in a separate pantry, where food is eaten in private and out of sight from the fasting members.

To maintain the sanctity of Ramadan, care should also be taken to dressing conservatively in public and work areas.

Breaking of the fast is done in the evening at a designated time where dinner otherwise known as Iftar is served. Breakfast otherwise known as Suhoor can be taken before 4am when the fast begins. 30 days later then comes the Eid Holidays to celebrate the end of the Ramadan period.

Budjetmsafiri wishes You and Yours a Ramadan Kareem full of God’s Blessings.

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