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So, I'm working on an article for this week's faith page on the month-long observance of Ramadan, which started Aug. 1. It's a "5 Things" piece about practicing Ramadan, but I'm really enjoying brushing up on my knowledge of Islam, the Quran and the intensive fasting period during this holy month.

And (this is random, but) I covered Ramadan last year, and I can't believe it's here already! Where did the year go? Granted it's a few weeks early because Muslims follow the lunar calendar, but STILL! My life is whizzing by ...

Are any of you observing Ramadan? Any interesting traditions you'd like to share with me about your fast, or the Eid ul-Fitr celebration? Please let me know.

Here are some fun websites with info on Islam and Ramadan:

http://www.islam101.com/ramadan/

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Global-Issues/2011/0801/Ramadan-101-Five-facts-about-the-holy-month-of-Ramadan/The-start-of-Ramadan-is-determined-by-the-moon