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March 22 - April 21, 2023: Ramadan
March 22, 2023
WHEREAS, Ramadan is the holiest month of the Islamic calendar, and marks the first revelation of the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad; and,
WHEREAS, Ramadan lasts 29 to 30 days, based on the timing of the crescent moon; and,
WHEREAS, Muslims around the world observe the month by fasting each day from sunrise to sunset; and,
WHEREAS, the daily breaking of fast, called Iftar, is often celebrated by family and community gatherings; and,
WHEREAS, Ramadan is regarded as a time for spiritual reflection; increased awareness and giving to the poor, sick, and hungry; and a bridging of differences between people over a shared commitment to faith; and,
WHEREAS, Ramadan reminds us that Islam has always been a part of America and Muslims have made extraordinary contributions to our nation and state; and,
WHEREAS, the end of Ramadan is commemorated by the Eid al-Fitr festival of breaking the fast, a joyous occasion marked by sharing sweets, gifts, and good tidings with family, friends, and neighbors; and,
WHEREAS, Michigan joins with Muslims around the world celebrating Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr this year;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim March 22 to April 21, 2023, as the Month of Ramadan in Michigan.