This resource is based on a published SBS article around observing Ramadan. Classrooms can learn about the many cultural observations around this event and how it is celebrated in Australia and throughout the world. We hear from some of our SBS Language editors and producers as they reflect on their own countries’ customs, many of which are continued here in Australia.
This resource contains:
- Introductory activities to explore cultural celebrations;
- Research tasks exploring Islam and multiculturalism;
- A teacher’s guide on how to support your Muslim students observing Ramadan;
- A summary about Ramadan, its practices, when it is observed and how Eid is celebrated; and
- A visual journey around the world during Ramadan featuring 9 countries.
Find out how SBS is celebrating Eid across the network here!
About This Resource
This teacher resource is based on this SBS Languages article to learn more about one of the biggest cultural celebrations in the world – Ramadan (fasting), which will end with Eid al-Fitr (feasting). There are many colourful traditions of Ramadan celebrated in Australia and around the world. SBS Language producers and editors share their experiences and own reflections below.
An estimated one in four people around the world are believed to be observing Ramadan in some form.
Australia’s 600,000 Muslims have originated from more than 70 countries around the world.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, observed globally by an estimated 1.8 billion people, as a month of fasting from sunrise to sunset, prayer, personal reflection and community. It lasts 29-30 days, from one sighting of the crescent moon to the next.
It’s followed by Eid al-Fitr or “Festival of Breaking the Fast”, celebrating the end of the month-long fasting. The three-day celebration starts with Muslims praying together and is also an occasion for families to get together and eat traditional foods only made during Eid.
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