Updated 7:18 AM ET, Sun April 18, 2021
In many parts of the Muslim world, the holy month of Ramadan began on Monday. For the second year in a row, practicing Muslims will observe the month during a pandemic — a reality that will, again, disrupt age-old communal traditions for many.
For Muslims, the daily Ramadan fast is broken at dusk, not just with food and drink but with a gathering of friends, family and colleagues. It’s also a time when financially-secure Muslims are encouraged to feed poorer families in their larger communities.
Once again, Muslim communities will try to come together while staying physically apart. It’s a challenge that many devout Muslims, determined to observe all the tenets of this holy month, say they are up for.