DJ Comic: June Holidays Part 4



Sorry, it’s late, as usual.  There’s a few things that I wanted to mention with this comic.  First, if you don’t know what Ramadan is, it’s a Muslim holiday that lasts about a month.  It starts on the crescent moon and ends on the crescent moon.  During that time you can’t eat or drink anything from sun up to sun down, unless you are unable to safely fast.  This is just one of many reason I’m not a religious person.  I like food way too much, not to mention I get really bad hunger headaches.  But kudos to those that can handle doing stuff like this, because I know couldn’t.

Second, I’m sure some of you have noticed that I often switch between starting at the left side and the right side.  It’s a habit I have due to reading a lot of manga, which reads right to left.  I even read one of those eye charts right to left, one day.  The doctor wasn’t too surprised so I’m assuming it’s not a super rare thing to happen, which made me feel a little less silly.



Shorty Shorts #13: Thanksmadan?

I was recently reading this article about how Thanksgiving and Hanukkah, an eight-day long Jewish religious celebration, had occurred simultaneously last year.  You see Thanksgiving occurred on the second day of Hannukah in 2013.

The article talked about the pros and cons of such an event.  The main cons are people doing Hanukkah celebrations the following week because their friends have Thanksgiving commitments, or it’s just too much holiday party in one day; those kinds of issues.

The good news is it won’t happen again for over 79,000 years.

But it made me really think about one poor group of people: American Muslims.

An issue, I assure you, more than just a handful of Americans face.

You see, the 9th month of the Islamic calendar, Ramadan, requires all adult Muslims to fast, that is not eat or drink, from sunrise to sundown.  The Islamic calendar, or Hijiri, does not match day-for-day to our modern Gregorian Calendar, so Ramadan moves around our calendar from year to year.

What about poor American Muslims who have to deal with Ramadan, the same time as Thanksgiving?  Do they have to wait until sundown to start cooking the meal, or can they cook it during the day and just wait until sunset to eat?

The last time it occurred was 2002, and the next time it should occur would be at least 2034 as far as I understand.

Just something weird to think about.


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