Ramadan is a month-long observance by Muslims. The Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar, so it changes in relation to the Gregorian calendar. Ramadan in 2014 will start on Saturday, June 28th and will continue for 30 days until Monday, July 28th. You can find the dates for future years here.
I thought a “The Best…” list would be useful to share resources on this observance that would be accessible to English Language Learners.
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Here are my choices for The Best Sites To Teach and Learn About Ramadan (and are accessible to English Language Learners):
The CBBC Newsround has a very accessible explanation of the month.
The History Channel has an extensive site on Ramadan, including multimedia.
Fact Monster has a good page on Ramadan.
Learn English, Feel Good has a cloze (fill-in-the-gap) exercise on the month..
Observing Ramadan is the title of the Boston Globe’s series of photos from its “Big Picture” feature.
How Ramadan Works comes from How Stuff Works.
The BBC has a slideshow on Ramadan: Worldwide.
The New York Times has a slideshow on Ramadan Begins In Jerusalem.
The Boston Globe’s Big Picture blog has just published a series of photos title Ramadan 2009.
The Wall Street Journal has a slideshow titled Muslims Celebrate Eid Holiday. It recognizes that Muslims around the world on Sunday began celebrating Eid al-Fitr, a three-day feast that marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan.
“KiddyHouse” has a simple guide to Ramadan
Ramadan Begins is a Wall Street Journal slideshow
Ramadan around the world is a slideshow from the Guardian.
Breaking Ramadan’s Fast is a TIME Magazine slideshow.
Here is a great collection of photos from The Boston Globe’s Big Picture about Ramadan 2010.
“Ramadan At The World’s Largest Restaurant” is a video from The Wall Street Journal. This is how they describe it:
Ramadan is a brisk period for restaurants all over the Islamic world, especially at the world’s largest restaurant in Damascus.
Eid al-Fitr Around The World is a Wall Street Journal slideshow.
Ramadan 2010 — Your Images comes from The Big Picture.
The Onset Of Ramadan is a Wall Street Journal slideshow.
Ramadan Starts For Quarter Of The World is a lesson for English Language Learners.
Ramadan In The Year Of The Arab Spring is a TIME Magazine slideshow.
30 Mosques In 30 Days is another TIME slideshow.
Muslims celebrate holy month of Ramadan is a very good Associated Press interactive.
CNN has produced this accessible video explaining Ramadan:
Ramadan 2011 comes from The Boston Globe.
Muslims gather to celebrate Eid al-Fitr is from The Los Angeles Times.
Photos: Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Fitr festival comes from CNN.
Ramadan – Online Exercises, Games, and Printable Worksheets comes from ESOL Courses.
Ramadan Begins is a Wall Street Journal slideshow.
Ramadan 2012 begins is a photo gallery from The Boston Globe.
Eid al-Fitr Around the World is a slideshow.
Ramadan 2012 is a photo gallery from The Atlantic.
Muslim holy month of Ramadan 2012 is a photo gallery from The Sacramento Bee.
Photos Of Ramadan 2013 is from The Atlantic.
The Associated Press has a video explainer.
Ramadan 2013 begins is a photo gallery from The Boston Globe.
The Muslim World Commemorates Eid al-Fitr is a slideshow from TIME.
Here’s a short video explainer from The Associated Press.
Ramadan: A centuries-old American tradition is from Al Jazeera.
9 Questions You Were Too Embarrassed To Ask About Ramadan is from BuzzFeed.
Ramadan: Five things you may not know is from The BBC.
Ramadan Chant is from The British Council.
The BBC has a good interactive on Ramadan.
Why Ramadan Starts on a Different Day Every Year is from TIME.
Images of Ramadan 2016 is from The Atlantic.
In search of the Ramadan moon is an interactive from Al Jazeera.
Ramadan Is Here. What Islam’s Holiest Month Is About. is from The New York Times.
In Consideration of Ramadan is from Teaching Tolerance.
Mecca Goes Mega is from The New York Times.
The Right Way to Observe Ramadan appeared in The New York Times.
Three lesson ideas for teaching your class about Eid al-Fitr is from The Guardian.
More Scenes from Ramadan 2016 is from The Atlantic.
I’d certainly be interested in hearing other suggestions, so please feel free to leave them in the comments section.
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