The word "Ramadan" is from the Arabic root ramida or ar-ramad, which means scorching heat or dryness. This is because Ramadan typically takes place during the summers
Ramadan is also called the "month of the Quran".
Muslims usually eat a date to break their fast, followed by juice.
It is believed that first revelation was received by Prophet Muhammad in the Holy Month of Ramadan.
The start of Ramadan may vary by 10-12 days every year.
In many countries across the Middle East, cannons are fired daily during the month of Ramadan to signal the end of the day's fast. This tradition, known as midfa al iftar, is said to have begun in Egypt over 200 years ago.
In Turkey, people fasting during Ramadan, wake up to the sound of drums. The tradition has been followed since the days of Ottoman Empire.
The people of Egypt welcome Ramadan with colourful fanous – intricate lanterns that symbolise unity and joy throughout the holy month.
In Morocco, the Nafars take the responsibility of waking the believers up for Suhoor. The Nafar, wears the traditional gandora, a hat, and a simple pair of slippers, saunters through the neighbourhood singing melodious prayers.
The most frequently used greeting for the holy month of Ramadan is Ramadan Kareem. The greeting translates to "have a blessed Ramadan."