This Monday, May 6, sees the beginning of Ramadan, the holy month during which Muslims fast during daylight hours. Below are the times of sunrise, sunset, and prayers for Beijing, according to islamicfinder.com:
Note: we offer these times with respect, as a service to our Muslim readers. If we have made any errors please let us know, and we will correct the information as soon as possible.
If you have Muslim colleagues, it may be worth bearing in mind that they are fasting during this period, when the longer days make it more challenging. You may need to be patient if they are hungry and less focused than usual, and as a courtesy avoid offering them food or drink. Children are not generally expected to fast, but older students (aged around 14-15) may be fasting, and some younger children may start fasting from 9-10 depending on their parents’ beliefs and practices.
We at beijingkids wish Ramadan Mubarak to all our Muslim friends.