News brief: Salih Shares Ramadan Traditions


Melissa Krainer

Tradition. Salih poses for a photo. She explained that her ancestors had a certain thing that they would do during Ramadan to wake people up during the night. Salih said, “They had drums and they would beat it to wake up people because we usually… eat before we can fast so that we have a little bit of energy… [and so that] we’re not as hungry.”

Every year, Muslims around the world devote approximately one month to praying, fasting and worshiping and studying the Quran. Known as Ramadan, it is thought to be the time where the Quran was revealed to Muslims. Sixth grader Logain Salih shared some facts and traditions.

According to Salih, during Ramadan, eating and drinking is not allowed from sunrise to sunset. Her family eats and breaks their fast together.

Ramadan lasts for about a month, from one crescent moon to the next, and varies each year. (

For Salih, Ramadan activities are mostly focused at home. Interestingly, where she calls home has changed over the last few years.

My dad used to live here and then me and my mom came here [from Sudan] to live with him… I was seven years old… I also like Sudan because my family’s there and I grew up there,” Salih said.