These are manifestations of a kind of spiritual fast, in which followers of Islam do not lose their temper, become angry or try to pursue their own selfish interests."I've found controlling anger and language (among other things) to be much more challenging while fasting than anything else," said Adeel Arif on online question-and-answer forum Quora.Some Muslims say the month is sometimes confused with a kind of dietary "detox", but that this interpretation is a misinterpretation of its real scope.It involves abstinence from eating, drinking water, and smoking between the local sunrise and sunset times - and trying to abstain from sensual and sexual pleasures throughout the entire month.Typically such an event would mark the Eid al-Fitr or the end of the holy month of Ramadan, which gets started in several countries around the world on Saturday.
Most importantly, it is a cherished time for family and friends to gather and give charity to those who are less fortunate.
Non-Muslims will notice that the Ramadan seems to fall on a different cycle each year.
This is due to the fact that the Islamic calendar is different from the more popular Gregorian calendar.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will be forgoing a State Department tradition in his first year serving as the nation's top diplomat by not holding an event to commemorate the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, according to multiple reports.
Breaking with a tradition that has been relatively consistent for 18 years, dating back to when Madeleine Albright was secretary of state under President Bill Clinton, Tillerson declined a request by the State Department's Office of Religion and Global Affairs to host the reception, CNN reported.