It's that time of the year when the 1.8 billion Muslim people celebrating Ramadan around the globe are met with questions from inquiring minds unfamiliar with the holiday. Most often, it's something like: "Wait, you don't drink anything? Not even water?" But there are many more elements to this distinctly holy month than just fasting (though that's certainly a big part of it).
For the 30 days that make up Ramadan, Muslims refrain from eating and drinking from sunrise to sunset and are encouraged to empathize with the less fortunate and increase their acts of worship. Considering 24 percent of the world's population celebrates Ramadan, it's time to get familiar with the holiday. So, without further ado, here are 15 things you should know about Ramadan, which runs from Apr. 23 to May 23 this year.
Ramadan is a fast from food, water, bad deeds, smoking, and more.