Ramadan is the Muslim month of fasting. Practicing Muslim students, staff, and faculty will be fasting from dawn until dusk (approx. 4:30 AM to 8:30 PM). Fasting means NO FOOD and NO WATER. Ramadan celebrations often involve prayers late into the night. It is not unusual to be up past midnight for prayers and then get up at 3:30- 4 AM to eat before dawn and pray.
Ramadan 2021 will last approximately from April 13th - May 12th. Ramadan is scheduled on the lunar calendar so it moves dates each year.
Duke's Muslim students, staff, and faculty may be tired, hungry, and dehydrated in the afternoons during Ramadan. Please be respectful and kind during this important celebration.