2015 – Present
At the end of Term 2 the Muslim student community comes together to present an evening of food and performances to celebrate the end of Ramadan.
Since 2015 students have given up time during Ramadan to rehearse and work hard on their dances. Students wear their cultural dress with pride. The evening starts with refreshments and then the students present a program of performances (including a fashion parade of traditional dress) which conclude the celebration. The students also offer Henna hand tattooing for the student community at lunchtime on the day of the celebration.
Ramadan, the ninth month in the Muslim calendar, is a special time for the Muslim community. As a most blessed month, it is a time for reflection, prayer and renewal of faith. Muslims worldwide fast from dawn to sunset, abstaining totally from food, drink, smoking and other sensual pleasures to complete one of the five pillars of Islam and to achieve greater self-discipline, self-purification, and compassion for those less fortunate.
A Muslim who intends to fast rises an hour or two before dawn and has an early breakfast. All eating and drinking must cease approximately one and half-hours before sunrise which is the start of the fasting period. The fast is broken at the time of sundown, traditionally with dates and water, followed by the main meal after prayers. This is a voluntary and viewed as a joyous occasion.
After the end of Ramadan, a gleeful festive and joyous holiday known as Eid al-Fitr [eed ul fit-ur] is celebrated.