31 May 2017

Last Day of May

Today is the last day of May. Time passes so fast. I have a lot of things that I have not done yet, I am rushing and rushing right now. I am a week late though. I am trying to refrain myself from going out so often though. I wanna do more savings as well. I am over-budget lately. I need to spend less. If I have more savings I would have left long time ago. I am struggling to STOP. I need to do it this week. I don't have the heart to work here anymore. But I can't degrade myself. I need to maintain my profession. I need to keep it or upgrade it. Trying hard and feeling hopeful in finding a new and better environment. I put too much negatives and unpleasant thoughts in my mind. Put a smile face regardless what happens :) Life would be good eventually. Some road maybe tougher for some people, but as long as you walk along the way withstanding all those difficulties, life would get better. Think about those could have not so good life than I am now. I should be grateful and thankful with what I have now. Don't be too demanding and greedy. I feel really regret for starting my bad habit. Lately I have been feeling some chest pain and this is really deep shit. Why did I do it? My health is not getting better because of it. I need to STOP FOR REAL and long term. I need to workout to shape my body for my bikini wear. 

I am debating with myself lately, if I should at least visit my sick grandmother. I am just scared and do not dare to face it. It just remind me of my dad's situation pretty much. They are pretty much in the same situation, jus that my grandmother is pretty much worse though. It's just, I am still looking for some answers but I do not want to continue searching anymore. No one could explain to me anymore, never ever. There's only a few people that knows about this problem of mine, probably 3-4 person? I don't think I would reveal more about it anymore. Not everyone is suitable to know about this problem at all. It's sensitive and hard to believe myself as well. I am a little skeptic a little still is, but I will never forget my taboos. I will pretty much do things that I was advice to do so. It's for my own good and safety so I see no harm doing it though. It's just regardless, I need to see her. I don't want anymore regrets. I don't want to remind more about my bad memories. It's still fresh in my mind but I wanna make it fade from time to time and keep only the good memories. 

From time to time, I realised a lot of things but I choose not to bother so much anymore. I don't think it's worth my time to even bother. It's human nature, all kinds. Accept it and let them be. The world needs to be balance. I just can't bother with every single things it's gonna be stress on me. I have lots to myself that I need to worry about so yeah. Please keep only the good and positive vibes about life. Shake away the bad and negative vibes. Life can be good if you made it yourself. I should more about happy posts right? RIGHT?! oh yeah. I hope by August I can attend meetups actively once again. I need to finish my stuffs before the month and be freely doing my new tasks! FIGHTING!

대부분의 사람들에게 있어 가장 위험한 일은 목표를 너무 높게 잡아서 그것을 이루지 못하는 것이 아니라 목표를 너무 낮게 잡아서 그것을 달성해 버리는 것이다.

꿈을 꾸고 믿을 수 있다면 이룰 수도 있다.

행복은 이미 완성된 것이 아니라, 당신의 행동으로부터 오는 것이다.





BYE BYE MAY! IT HAS BEEN A WONDERFUL MONTH. NEW START IS COMING TOMORROW! 

30 May 2017

Dragon Boat Festival 2017.

Today is the Dragon Boat Festival Day for Chinese mostly. It's a special day though. It's a meaningful day almost at every Buddhist country I would say. I like this day though where they make the dumpling though I don't really enjoyed eating it. But the fun of making it.  Below is some information about the festival. Credits to : http://www.chinahighlights.com/festivals/dragon-boat-festival.htm 

Dragon Boat Festival, also known as Duanwu Festival, is a traditional and important celebration in China. 
Dragon Boat Festival 2017 falls on May 30 (Tuesday). China will have 3 days of holiday from Sunday (May 28) to Tuesday (May 30), and we will be back at work on Wednesday, May 31.

Simple Facts to Understand Dragon Boat Festival 

  • Chinese: 端午节 Duānwǔ Jié /dwann-woo jyeah/ 'start [of the] fifth traditional solar month [May26 6 to June 23] festival'
  • Date: month 5 day 5 of the Chinese lunar calendar
  • History: over 2,000 years
  • Celebrations: dragon boat racing, health-related customs, honoring Qu Yuan and others
  • Popular festival food: sticky rice dumplings (zongzi)

When is the Dragon Boat Festival 2017/2018

The Dragon Boat Festival date is based on the lunar calendar, therefore the date varies from year to year on the Gregorian calendar.

Dragon Boat Festival Dates (2017–2021)

2017May 30
2018June 18
2019June 7
2020June 25
2021June 14

What Is China's Dragon Boat Festival?

The Dragon Boats
Colorfully-painted dragon boats
It's a traditional festival full of traditions and superstitions, maybe originating from dragon worship; an event on the sporting calendar; and a day of remembrance/worship for Qu Yuan, Wu Zixu, and Cao E.
The festival has long been a traditional holiday in China. 
On May 20th 2006 it was selected into the first batch of National Intangible Cultural Heritage items. 
In 2008 it was first celebrated as a public holiday in China. 
On October 30th 2009 it was added to the UNESCO World Intangible Cultural Heritage List.

Why Dragon Boat Racing is Held for the Day?

Dragon boat racing is said to originate from the legend of people paddling out on boats to seek the body of patriotic poet Qu Yuan (343–278 BC), who drowned himself in a River.
Dragon boat racing is the most important activity during the Dragon Boat Festival
The wooden boats are shaped and decorated in the form of a Chinese dragon. The boat size varies by region. Generally it is about 20–35 meters in length and needs 30–60 people to paddle it.
During the races, dragon boat teams paddle harmoniously and hurriedly, accompanied by the sound of beating drums. It is said that the winning team will have good luck and a happy life in the following year.

Where to See Dragon Boat Racing

Dragon boat racing has become an important competitive sport. Many places in China hold dragon boat races during the festival. Here we recommend the four most ceremonious places.
Dragon Boat Racing in Hong Kong
A dragon boat in the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival.
  • The Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival: Victoria Harbor, Kowloon, Hong Kong
  • Yueyang International Dragon Boat Festival:  Yueyang Prefecture, Hunan Province
  • Guizhou Dragon Canoe Festival of the Miao Ethnic People: Qiandongnan Miao and Dong Autonomous Prefecture, Guizhou Province
  • Hangzhou Dragon Boat Festival: Xixi National Wetland Park,  Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province
Read more about Dragon Boat Racing.

How Chinese People Celebrate the Festival

Dragon boat racing
Dragon boat racing
Duanwu Festival(Dragon Boat Festival) is a folk festival celebrated for over 2,000 years, when Chinese people practice various customs thought to dispel disease, and invoke good health.
Some of the most traditional customs include dragon boat racing, eating sticky rice dumplings (zongzi), hanging Chinese mugwort and calumus, drinking realgar wine, and wearing perfume pouches.
Now many of the customs are disappearing, or no longer observed. You are more likely to find them practiced in rural areas.

Eating Sticky Rice Dumplings

Zongzi
Zongzi
Zongzi (粽子zòngzi /dzong-dzuh/) is the most traditional Dragon Boat Festival food. It is related to Qu Yuan commemoration, as the legend says that lumps of rice were thrown into the river to stop fish eating his drowned body.
They are a kind of sticky rice dumpling made of glutinous rice filled with meats, beans, and other fillings. 
Zongzi is wrapped in triangle or rectangle shapes in bamboo or reed leaves, and tied with soaked stalks or colorful silky cords. 
The flavors of zongzi are usually different from one region to another across China. Read more on Zongzi.

Drinking Realgar Wine

There is an old saying: 'Drinking realgar wine drives diseases and evils away!' Realgar wine is a Chinese alcoholic drink consisting of fermented cereals and powdered realgar.
In ancient times, people believed that realgar was an antidote for all poisons, and effective for killing insects and driving away evil spirits. So everyone would drink some realgar wine during Duanwu Festival.
Learn more about Dragon Boat Festival Food.

Wearing Perfume Pouches

Perfume Pouches
Perfume Pouches
Before Dragon Boat Festival arrives, parents usually prepare perfume pouches for their children.  
They sew little bags with colorful silk cloth, fill the bags with perfumes or herbal medicines, and then string them with silk threads. 
During Dragon Boat Festival perfume pouches are hung around kids' necks or tied to the front of a garment as an ornament. The perfume pouches are said to protect them from evil.

Hanging Chinese Mugwort and Calamus

The Dragon Boat Festival is held at the start of summer, when diseases are more prevalent. Mugwort leaves are used medicinally in China. 
mugwort
Plants for Dragon Boat Festival
Their fragrance is very pleasant, deterring flies and mosquitoes. Calamus an aquatic plant that has similar effects.
On the fifth day of the fifth month, people usually clean their houses, courtyards, and hang mugwort and calamus on doors lintels to discourage diseases. It is also said hanging mugwort and calamus can bring good luck to the family.
Learn more about Dragon Boat Festival Customs.

How Did Dragon Boat Festival Start?

There are many legends about the origin of the Dragon Boat Festival. The most popular one is in commemoration of Qu Yuan.
Dragon Boat Festival
Competitors are paddling hard in a dragon boat race.
Qu Yuan (340–278 BC) was a patriotic poet and exiled official during the Warring States Period of ancient China. 
He drowned himself in the Miluo River on the 5th day of the 5th Chinese lunar month, when his beloved Chu State fell to the State of Qin.
Local people desperately tried to save Qu Yuan or recover his body, to no avail. 
In order to commemorate Qu Yuan, every fifth day of the fifth lunar month people beat drums and paddle out in boats on the river as they once did to keep fish and evil spirits away from his body.

Visiting China at the Dragon Boat Festival

Bamboo rafting
Our customers taking a bamboo raft to see the beautiful scenery of the Li River in Guilin
Many Chinese people will make use of the 3-day holiday to go traveling. 
Therefore, during the Dragon Festival, most attractions will be crowded, cheap public transport (like buses and trains) may be sold out, and accommodation may be slightly more expensive.

Okay, last Saturday was quite a happening day for me though. I woke up quite late that day and once I woke up got ready, I started sorting out my songs. I did pretty much but still, I am already off schedule. I will just try my best to do as much as I could, since this week I will not be doing the bad habit anymore. I should and I must. I have more time. I need to finish by this week the least though for one category. I have so much to do and I need to reschedule some of my plans since I am late now. GRRRR! I had a night out with my old girl mates though, not all make it but it was quite a meaningful night for me too. Chat a lot about the old days and felt so old now. Time passes so fast, tick tock tick tock, it's so scary! I wish I age backwards instead! After the chat, I actually went to Genting Highlands ! Finally get to test drive the car, but this is gonna be the first and last I drive myself to Genting though. I can't believe I did that, I really don't believe it. This can't be happening, the age. I just wanna remain as it is now, because I still wanna be friends. So let it be, let's just be as it is. Don't think too much. Since I blabbed out most of the things I wanted too, I can keep my mouth shut now, anyway I should right! I revealed myself much, so that's it. I do not know to say it's a regret or a bad thing or a good thing or not. I hope it's not just an act and it's genuine. I felt like I am so easy this way. :( I can't I can't! 
I CAN MAKE IT TILL THE END! STOP AND
 FINISH! 

29 May 2017

Sister's Birthday

Oh well, we actually celebrated early for my sister's birthday by just a few words though.  I brought her for Thai food and bought a cake while on the way to our karaoke session. I didn't noticed the dateline of the voucher and wasted it. Feeling really pissed of right now. However still need to move on work hard. The cake was nice though. But it's a little pricey though, it was actually quite nice though. Their cakes are actually pretty good and there's many choices too! As for what I noticed. After bought the cake we went fr karaoke session! I get to sing most of the songs I wanted to sing though. Feeling so satisfied though I have to pay l a little more though. Sadly, faith probably. GRRRR ! I rejected an offer again. I really hope the good ones coming to me soon too. Sigh. I can't wait to leave already My heart is not there and I no longer in service. I wanna.... Also, I have a new place at hang out now. I saw there's many places in Solaris Mont Kiara. It was quite a fun night just 2-3 of us. I feel nice and comfortable though. 



Today is the first official day I am doing it. I am gonna STOP it permanently so that my advisor won't paster me. All my advisors. Also, I wanna start work out when I am back today as well. I need to work out my packs before any bikini trip. I never worn one before and hope to do so though. Should be quite soon. I need to be serious about this though. Besides, I am out of schedule for my sort out. Probably need to be end of next month and that's our deal for sometime. I just can't bring it forward to June and there's more to come? It's really dangerous though. I really can't extend any longer like seriously STOP! I am trying my best now! GRRRRR! I need to and compulsory to STOP! I also need to rush my sort out! So much to do towards the end of the month though. RUSH and RUSH.

It's gonna be a new month ahead in a few days time. I have more interviews to attend and hope I will be able to get my ideal job, a close one pretty soon. Fingers crossed. I am tired of going for interviews. They say good job takes time. I am trying to be patient and wise in accepting offers and performing myself, I hope in a niche of time love call is coming soon. Oh yeah! Fingers crossed.

He showed his expression too obvious, I am sensitive and I can know if he actually felt something with the words I put. I felt bad cause I really do mind with how people felt with my words or sayings. I don't like speaking out my problems, it's not I don't trust him, it's just that hes' not suitable to know. I am the kind who speaks out my problem if I think the person is appropriate, I could received  a fruitful advise or comfort. I pick out problems to speak out. But nevertheless, I hope he won't change the way he treat me cause I really appreciate it cause it has been some time since I receive so much concern. I am really feeling thankful towards him. I am not sure how long would this last but I hope it would last as long as it could be. I hope we would keep in touch as well regardless what happens. I guess I need to show less of my negative expressions and speak out less of my problem. That's irritating and annoying. I am gonna change for the good! Let's do it! Fighting! 

28 May 2017

Sensitive and decisions.

I have so much playing on my mind, I have to watch with most of the stuffs I say. I can't take care of everyone's feeling but I just care what would people said and think of me, I scared I said the wrong things that I could offended them. Some people just show their feelings obviously. I did it last two days, probably I shouldn't have said the sentence, the expression changed right away. This is the second time I realised this mistake. It's already to tiring that I have to take care of everything's feeling. I just care too much. Besides, I am thinking of accepting workplace that is not so convenient for me. Shah Alam or Sri Petaling? Both places is not accessible by public transport. One of them is far. I don't know if I should pursue or not. Location is an important thing for me. I don't have a car. And I would purchase one, I would add on to my burden. I really don't know what to do. I don't know what to decide. I scared to miss the opportunity, or missed it but I don't have a car. Tell me what to do? Am I thinking too much creating problem for myself ? Why do I always have this kind of thoughts. One of it has a pretty good boss from the appearance. I felt like he invited me for an interview was trying to help me out. I have a soft heart. It's just a try out I really didn't expect to receive an invitation. From his questions, I could have guess some of this personal traits. Should I accept and go for it? Should I let it slide and pursue something that I would enjoy? But will that come instead? Should I look for someone that helps me or should I just for some environment that I am not sure if I would have a good one but something that I think I might enjoy? What should I do? Should I attend it or let it slip it off? What would you do? I can't be picky at this point. Should I just grab any opportunity? 

If my dad is around, probably I wouldn't have so much to worry about. I know, I am on my own now can't always depend on my parents. I am on my own now. Just that, at least, I have someone to count on when I feel burden. Someone there to advice me when I needed. I have so much stuffed in me. It's not I don't want to blare it out, just that there's no one appropriate for me to do so. No one could lead or advice me, a father figure that could lead me. Hold my hand and tell me that everything is gonna be alright. Yes, I am the family kind. I love feel the family love. It has been some time since I have been to hawkers to try out new food, it has been so long since I have been to a restaurant for celebrations. It has been some times we always have a cake during someone's birthday. It has been some time since someone would call me if I need to lift. It has been some time since I seen packed food on the table once I wake up or back from home. It has been some time since I seen movie as a complete family eating popcorn. Whoever would taught a person could leave soon. Life is so fragile and unexpected. I need to be grateful with everything that I have now. Some could probably be worse that I could be in. I hope in near future I could be someone that my mum can rely on and count on. I felt it's really heartbreaking to see mum still need to work even at this age. I am still at the verge. I am climbing up the ladder to higher place. Just wait for me mother, be healthy please. As for me too. Everything with an effort. I actually feel much better blogging this out. Looking for a really suitable person to have a talk to talk and truthful talk is not easy. I hope I am able to find one, one day. 

Some times, it's just tired to carry a strong mask at home, a weak mask with friends, a poker face mask at work, a fake mask during interviews and meetups. I to want to be at a point just to be myself, a time for myself. Alone, to reflect myself. I CAN DO IT! BE POSITIVE REMEMBER! Can't always care for so many people's feeling. Learn to be carefree and not to bother so much. It's tiring and none of my business. Since the breadwinner is not around, I am half of it now. The lead, the stand strong. That's why I always like to mix with adults, lots of advices. I guess I should continue back this habit. I have stopped this habit for some time and I feel one kind though. I am too easily emotionally affected. Adults teaches me a lot of things that I wish to know about life, good advices. I miss those moments. Good times don't last long and bad times comes for us to learn and grown up to be mature. I am still in the progress. I am still learning, to train the inner me!  FIGHTING! I wanna be strong from the inner like my dad too, who cares that I am a lady, who said I can't ? I need some time to change myself so! Be wise and professional! Pressure = improvement. 

When will I able to find a Mr. Right?! Someone that I could lean on whenever I feel stressed or stuffed. A comfort and safe feeling whenever I need it. AHHHHH!!!! I really need a warm and lovely hug right now and tell me "it's alright, I am here. You're safe." That's why up till now I would prefer some guys that is much older than me. Mature and experience, I have an interest is always due to some reason. Now I know clearly exactly why I restrict to so. A very valid reason. That's just insane. I know that guys has their ego, even me myself but yeah. I can handle my ego not sure if some is able to. I know when is the right time to use it. That's just part of life. AJA-AJA! FIGHTING! 

DON'T WORRY BE HAPPY! HAPPY GO LUCKY! 

27 May 2017

More to Come.

I went for an interesting and meaningful interview last two days. Actually I just try out but did not expect to get a call from them. Though they operate like an American company but the company environment is a little not what I am looking for though. The place is not so convenient as well but I did got a lot of advice from the director of the company that interviewed me as a businessman point of view. That interview actually enlighten me pretty much though. I am not sure to say if I am glad or not but yeah at least I have some hope and inspiration now. I wanna move on, feeling positive and trying to hunt for a better one now. I can make it, I can do it. I will make it. Life would be good after a hardship. That's is the most important fact. I need to STOP I need to STOP. I need to finish, I need to finish. 

For Muslims, the Ramadhan festive is on the way. I would like to wish all my Muslim friend Happy Ramadhan! Here some information about the festive. Credits to Wikipedia, my walking dictionary! Be healthy and be safe! 

Ramadan (/ˌræməˈdɑːn/Arabicرمضان‎‎ RamaḍānIPA: [ramaˈdˤaːn];[note 1] alsoromanized as RamazanRamadhan, or Ramathan) is the ninth month of theIslamic calendar,[3] and is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting(Sawm) to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to Islamic belief.[4][5] This annual observance is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam.[6] The month lasts 29–30 days based on the visual sightings of thecrescent moon, according to numerous biographical accounts compiled in thehadiths.[7][8]
The word Ramadan comes from the Arabic root ramiḍa or ar-ramaḍ, which means scorching heat or dryness.[9] Fasting is fardh (obligatory) for adult Muslims, except those who are suffering from an illness, travelling, are elderly, pregnant,breastfeedingdiabetic or going through menstrual bleeding.[10] Fasting the month of Ramadan was made obligatory (wājib) during the month of Sha'ban, in the second year after the Muslims migrated from Mecca to MedinaFatwas have been issued declaring that Muslims who live in regions with a natural phenomenon such as the midnight sun or polar night should follow the timetable of Mecca,[11] but the more commonly accepted opinion is that Muslims in those areas should follow the timetable of the closest country to them in which night can be distinguished from day.[12]
While fasting from dawn until sunset, Muslims refrain from consuming food, drinking liquids, smoking, and engaging in sexual relations. Muslims are also instructed to refrain from sinful behavior that may negate the reward of fasting, such as false speech (insulting, backbiting, cursing, lying, etc.) and fighting.[13] Food and drinks are served daily, before dawn and after sunset, referred to as Suhoor and Iftar respectively.[14][15] Spiritual rewards (thawab) for fasting are also believed to be multiplied within the month of Ramadan.[16] Fasting for Muslims during Ramadan typically includes the increased offering of salat (prayers), recitation of theQuran[17][18] and an increase of doing good deeds and charity.

History[edit]

Chapter 2, Verse 185, of the Quran states:
The month of Ramadan is that in which was revealed the Quran; a guidance for mankind, and clear proofs of the guidance, and the criterion (of right and wrong). And whosoever of you is present, let him fast the month, and whosoever of you is sick or on a journey, a number of other days. Allah desires for you ease; He desires not hardship for you; and that you should complete the period, and that you should magnify Allah for having guided you, and that perhaps you may be thankful.[Quran 2:185]
It is believed that the Quran was first revealed to Muhammad during the month of Ramadan which has been referred to as the "best of times". The first revelation was sent down on Laylat al-Qadr (The night of Power) which is one of the five odd nights of the last ten days of Ramadan.[19] According to hadith, all holy scriptures were sent down during Ramadan. The tablets of Ibrahim, the Torah, the Psalms, the Gospel and the Quran were sent down on 1st, 6th, 12th, 13th[note 2] and 24th Ramadan respectively.[20]
According to the Quran, fasting was also obligatory for prior nations, and is a way to attain taqwa, fear of God.[21][Quran 2:183] God proclaimed to Muhammad that fasting for His sake was not a new innovation in monotheism, but rather an obligation practiced by those truly devoted to the oneness of God.[22] The pagans of Mecca also fasted, but only on tenth day of Muharram to expiate sins and avoid droughts.[23]
The ruling to observe fasting during Ramadan was sent down 18 months after Hijra, during the month of Sha'ban in the second year of Hijra in 624 CE.[20]
Abu Zanad, an Arabic writer from Iraq who lived after the founding of Islam, in around 747 CE, wrote that at least oneMandaean community located in al-Jazira (modern northern Iraq) observed Ramadan before converting to Islam.[24][not in citation given]
According to Philip Jenkins, Ramadan comes "from the strict Lenten discipline of the Syrian churches".[25][dubious ]However, this suggestion is based on the orientalist idea that the Qur'an itself has Syrian origins, which was refuted by Muslim academics such as M. Al-Azami.[26]

Important dates[edit]

The beginning and end of Ramadan are determined by the lunar Islamic calendar.

Beginning[edit]

Ramadan beginning dates between Gregorian years 1938 and 2038.
Hilāl (the crescent) is typically a day (or more) after the astronomical new moon. Since the new moon marks the beginning of the new month, Muslims can usually safely estimate the beginning of Ramadan.[27] However, to many Muslims, this is not in accordance with authenticated Hadiths stating that visual confirmation per region is recommended. The consistent variations of a day have existed since the time of Muhammad.[28]

Night of Power[edit]

Laylat al-Qadr, which in Arabic means "the night of power" or "the night of decree", is considered the holiest night of the year.[29][30] This is the night in which Muslims believe the first revelation of the Quran was sent down to Muhammad stating that this night was "better than one thousand months [of proper worship], as stated in Chapter 97:3 of the Qu'ran.
Also, generally, Laylat al-Qadr is believed to have occurred on an odd-numbered night during the last ten days of Ramadan, i.e., the night of the 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th or 29th. The Dawoodi Bohra Community believe that the 23rd night is laylat al Qadr.[31] [32]

End[edit]

The holiday of Eid al-Fitr (Arabic:عيد الفطر) marks the end of Ramadan and the beginning of the next lunar month, Shawwal. This first day of the following month is declared after another crescent new moon has been sighted or the completion of 30 days of fasting if no visual sighting is possible due to weather conditions. This first day of Shawwal is called Eid al-Fitr. Eid al-Fitr may also be a reference towards the festive nature of having endured the month of fasting successfully and returning to the more natural disposition (fitra) of being able to eat, drink and resume intimacy with spouses during the day..[33]

Religious practices[edit]

Azim Azimzade. Ramadan of the poor people. 1938
The common practice during Ramadan is fasting from dawn to sunset. The pre-dawn meal before the fast is called the suhur, while the meal at sunset that breaks the fast is the iftar. Considering the high diversity of the global Muslim population, it is impossible to describe typical suhur or iftar meals.
Muslims also engage in increased prayer and charity during Ramadan. Ramadan is also a month where Muslims try to practice increased self-discipline. This is motivated by the Hadith, especially in Al-Bukhari[34] and Muslim,[35] that "When Ramadan arrives, the gates of Paradise are opened and the gates of hell are locked up and devils are put in chains."[36]

Fasting[edit]

Ramadan is a time of spiritual reflection, improvement and increased devotion and worship. Muslims are expected to put more effort into following the teachings of Islam. The fast (sawm) begins at dawn and ends at sunset. In addition to abstaining from eating and drinking, Muslims also increase restraint, such as abstaining from sexual relations[2] and generally sinful speech and behavior. The act of fasting is said to redirect the heart away from worldly activities, its purpose being to cleanse the soul by freeing it from harmful impurities. Ramadan also teaches Muslims how to better practice self-discipline, self-control,[37] sacrifice, and empathy for those who are less fortunate; thus encouraging actions of generosity and compulsory charity (zakat).[38]
It becomes compulsory for Muslims to start fasting when they reach puberty, so long as they are healthy and sane, and have no disabilities or illnesses. Many children endeavour to complete as many fasts as possible as practice for later life.
Exemptions to fasting are travel, menstruation, severe illness, pregnancy, and breastfeeding. However, many Muslims with medical conditions insist on fasting to satisfy their spiritual needs, although it is not recommended by the hadith. Professionals should closely monitor such individuals who decide to persist with fasting.[39] Those who were unable to fast still must make up the days missed later.[40]

Suhur[edit]

Each day, before dawn, Muslims observe a pre-fast meal called the suhur. After stopping a short time before dawn, Muslims begin the first prayer of the day, Fajr.[41][42] At sunset, families hasten for the fast-breaking meal known as iftar.

Iftar[edit]

In the evening, dates are usually the first food to break the fast; according to tradition, Muhammad broke fast with three dates. Following that, Muslims generally adjourn for the Maghrib prayer, the fourth of the five daily prayers, after which the main meal is served.[43]
Social gatherings, many times in a buffet style, are frequent at iftar. Traditional dishes are often highlighted, including traditional desserts, and particularly those made only during Ramadan. Water is usually the beverage of choice, but juice and milk are also often available, as are soft drinks and caffeinated beverages.[39]
In the Middle East, the iftar meal consists of water, juices, dates, salads and appetizers, one or more main dishes, and various kinds of desserts. Usually, the dessert is the most important part during iftar. Typical main dishes are lamb stewed with wheat berries, lamb kebabs with grilled vegetables, or roast chicken served with chickpea-studded rice pilaf. A rich dessert, such as luqaimat, baklava or kunafeh (a buttery, syrup-sweetened kadaifi noodle pastry filled with cheese), concludes the meal.[44]
Over time, iftar has grown into banquet festivals. This is a time of fellowship with families, friends and surrounding communities, but may also occupy larger spaces at masjid or banquet halls for 100 or more diners.[45]

Charity[edit]

Men praying during Ramadan at the Shrine of Hazrat Ali or "Blue Mosque" in Mazar-i-Sharif,Afghanistan
Charity is very important in Islam, and even more so during Ramadan. Zakāt, often translated as "the poor-rate", is obligatory as one of the pillars of Islam; a fixed percentage of the person's savings is required to be given to the poor. Sadaqah is voluntary charity in giving above and beyond what is required from the obligation of zakāt. In Islam, all good deeds are more handsomely rewarded during Ramadan than in any other month of the year. Consequently, many will choose this time to give a larger portion, if not all, of the zakāt that they are obligated to give. In addition, many will also use this time to give a larger portion of sadaqah in order to maximize the reward that will await them at the Last Judgment.[citation needed]

Nightly prayers[edit]

Tarawih (Arabicتراويح‎‎) refers to extra prayers performed by Muslims at night in the Islamic month of Ramadan. Contrary to popular belief, they are not compulsory.[46] However, many Muslims pray these prayers in the evening during Ramadan. Some scholars[who?] maintain that Tarawih is neither fard or a Sunnah, but is the preponed Tahajjud (night prayer) prayer shifted to post-Isha' for the ease of believers. But a majority of Sunni scholars regard the Tarawih prayers as Sunnat al-Mu'akkadah, a salaat that was performed by the Islamic prophet Muhammad very consistently.

Recitation of the Quran[edit]

In addition to fasting, Muslims are encouraged to read the entire Quran. Some Muslims perform the recitation of the entire Quran by means of special prayers, called Tarawih. These voluntary prayers are held in the mosques every night of the month, during which a whole section of the Quran (juz', which is 1/30 of the Quran) is recited. Therefore, the entire Quran would be completed at the end of the month. Although it is not required to read the whole Quran in the Tarawih prayers, it is common.

Cultural practices[edit]

Striking the bedug in Indonesia
Fanous Ramadandecorations in Cairo,Egypt
Ramadan in the Old City of Jerusalem
In some Muslim countries today, lights are strung up in public squares, and across city streets, to add to the festivities of the month. Lanterns have become symbolic decorations welcoming the month of Ramadan. In a growing number of countries, they are hung on city streets.[47][48][49]The tradition of lanterns as a decoration becoming associated with Ramadan is believed to have originated during theFatimid Caliphate primarily centered in Egypt, where Caliphal-Mu'izz li-Din Allah was greeted by people holding lanterns to celebrate his ruling. From that time, lanterns were used to light mosques and houses throughout the capital city of Cairo. Shopping malls, places of business, and people's homes can be seen with stars and crescents and various lighting effects, as well.
As the nation with the world's largest Muslim population, Indonesia has diverse Ramadan traditions. On the island of Java, many Javanese Indonesians bathe in holy springs to prepare for fasting, a ritual known as Padusa. The city of Semarang marks the beginning of Ramadan with the Dugderan carnival, which involves parading the Warak ngendog, a horse-dragon hybrid creature allegedly inspired by the Buraq. In the Chinese-influenced capital city of Jakarta, fire crackers were traditionally used to wake people up for morning prayer, until the 19th century. Towards the end of Ramadan, most employees receive a one-month bonus known as Tunjangan Hari Raya. Certain kinds of food are especially popular during Ramadan, such as beef in Aceh, and snails in Central Java. The iftar meal is announced every evening by striking the bedug, a giant drum, in the mosque.
Common greetings during Ramadan are "Ramadan Mubarak" or "Ramadan Kareem", which wish the recipient a blessed or generous Ramadan.[50]

Penalties for infraction[edit]

In some Muslim countries, failing to fast or the open flouting of such behavior during Ramadan is considered a crime and is prosecuted as such. For instance, in Algeria, in October 2008 the court of Biskra condemned six people to four years in prison and heavy fines.[51]
In Kuwait, according to law number 44 of 1968, the penalty is a fine of no more than 100 Kuwaiti dinars, or jail for no more than one month, or both penalties, for those seen eating, drinking or smoking during Ramadan daytime.[52][53] In some places in the U.A.E., eating or drinking in public during the daytime of Ramadan is considered a minor offence and would be punished by up to 150 hours of community service.[54] In neighbouring Saudi Arabia, described by The Economist as taking Ramadan "more seriously than anywhere else",[55] there are harsher punishments, whereas in Malaysia, there are no such punishments.
In 2014 in KermanshahIran, a non-Muslim was sentenced to having his lips burnt with a cigarette and five Muslims were publicly flogged with 70 stripes for eating during Ramadan.[56][unreliable source?]

Other legal issues[edit]

Some countries have laws that amend work schedules during Ramadan. Under U.A.E. labor law, the maximum working hours are to be 6 hours per day and 36 hours per week. QatarOmanBahrain and Kuwait have similar laws.[57]
In Egypt, alcohol sales are banned during Ramadan.[58]

Health[edit]

Ramadan fasting is safe for healthy people, but those with medical conditions should seek medical advice.[59] The fasting period is usually associated with modest weight loss, but the weight tends to return afterwards.[60]

Renal disease[edit]

A review of the literature by an Iranian group suggested fasting during Ramadan might produce renal injury in patients with moderate (GFR <60 a="" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kidney_disease" min="" ml="" nbsp="" or="" style="background: none; color: #0b0080; text-decoration: none;" title="Kidney disease" worse="">kidney disease
, but was not injurious to renal transplant patients with good function or most stone forming patients.[61]

Crime rates[edit]

The correlation of Ramadan with crime rates is mixed: some statistics show that crime rates drop during Ramadan, while others show that it rises. Decreases in crime rates have been reported by the police in some cities in Turkey (Istanbul[62]and Konya[63]) and the Eastern province of Saudi Arabia.[64] A 2012 study showed that crime rates decreased in Iran during Ramadan, and that decrease was statistically significant.[65] A 2005 study found that there was a decrease in assault, robbery and alcohol-related crimes during Ramadan in Saudi Arabia, but only the decrease in alcohol-related crimes was statistically significant.[66] Increases in crime rates during Ramadan have been reported in Turkey,[67] Jakarta,[68][69][70]parts of Algeria,[71] Yemen[72] and Egypt.[73]
Various mechanisms have been proposed for the effect of Ramadan on crime:
  • An Iranian cleric argues that fasting during Ramadan makes people less likely to commit crimes due to spiritual reasons.[74] Gamal al-Banna argues that fasting can stress people out, which can make them more likely to commit crimes. He criticized Muslims who commit crimes while fasting during Ramadan as "fake and superficial".[73]
  • Police in Saudi Arabia attributed a drop in crime rates to the "spiritual mood prevalent in the country".[64]
  • In JakartaIndonesiapolice say that the traffic due to 7 million people leaving the city to celebrate Eid al-Fitr results in an increase in street crime. As a result, police deploy an additional 7,500 personnel.[70]
  • During Ramadan, millions of pilgrims enter Saudi Arabia to visit Mecca. According to the Yemen Times, such pilgrims are usually charitable, and consequently smugglers traffic children in from Yemen to beg on the streets of Saudi Arabia.[72]

Ramadan in polar regions[edit]

During 2010 Middle East negotiations in the United States,Hosni Mubarak and Benjamin Netanyahu check their watches to see if the sun has set.
The length of the dawn to sunset time varies in different parts of the world according to summer or winter solstices of the sun. Most Muslims fast for 11–16 hours during Ramadan. However, in polar regions, the period between dawn and sunset may exceed 22 hours in summers. For example, in 2014, Muslims in Reykjavik, Iceland, and Trondheim, Norway, fasted almost 22 hours, while Muslims in Sydney, Australia, fasted for only about 11 hours. Muslims in areas where continuous night or day is observed during Ramadan follow the fasting hours in the nearest city where fasting is observed at dawn and sunset. Alternatively, Muslims may follow Mecca time.[75][76][77]

Employment during Ramadan[edit]

Muslims will continue to work during Ramadan. The prophet Muhammad said that it is important to keep a balance between worship and work. In some Muslim countries, such as Oman, however, working hours are shortened during Ramadan.[78][79] It is often recommended that working Muslims inform their employers if they are fasting, given the potential for the observance to impact performance at work.[80] The extent to which Ramadan observers are protected by religious accommodation varies by country. Policies putting them at a disadvantage compared to other employees have been met with discrimination claims in the UK and the US.[81][82][83]



This will not be the only festival of the month, there will be another festival though. I will post it soon as well, about the festival too. 

There's recently a bombing case again in the UK. That's sad to hear and I would like to express my condolences to the victims. As of update currently from CNN, you can see :- http://edition.cnn.com/2017/05/25/europe/manchester-terror-attack-uk/ = What's wrong with the world right now with all these killing ? Let's have a peaceful world please, there's too many death news around this year and I really dislike listening to it. That's really a sad world, what has human became? Why WAR? Why shed blood? Why not peace? Where the human wiseness and all? Where has all these gone too. Sad world, sad place. Sad to know.
Working hard to stop my bad habit and finish off my sort out. Please help me. Less outings! I need to save money and go out less. Need to finish my tasks as well. GRRR! Stop going out babe!