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Ramadan Ends With Dishes That Celebrate the Heart of Palestinian Cuisine

Children perform in Jerusalem's Old City during celebrations to mark the breaking of the fast on the seventh day of the holy month of Ramadan, on July 26, 2012. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD GHARABLI        (Photo credit should read AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/GettyImages)

Children perform in Jerusalem’s Old City during celebrations to mark the breaking of the fast on the seventh day of the holy month of Ramadan, on July 26, 2012. (Photo credit: AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/GettyImages)

As Ramadan comes to a close, Muslims around the world are breaking their fasts and marking celebrations with family and friends.  Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic calendar, although the dates change each year because the lunar and solar calendars are not exactly the same.  The end of Ramadan occurs either 29 or 30 days from the beginning of the month, and is celebrated by the holiday of Eid ul-Fitr, where after morning prayers people exchange gifts, put up lights and decorations and feast on their favorite foods.  The word Ramadan means scorching in Arabic and was designated as a Holy Month in honor of the Quran being revealed to the Prophet Muhammad in 610 CE.   During Ramadan Muslims seek to purify themselves by forgoing material needs and focusing on spiritual devotion.  They pray, read the Quran and carry out works of charity.  Their self-denial of food and water helps them empathize with the less fortunate. Continue reading