Holidays and Celebrations

Through the year Saanich works with community groups to celebrate significant cultural events and holidays. Some of these include Lunar New Year, Ramadan, World Refugee Day, Moon Festival, Diwali and others. This page will list upcoming celebrations.

Due to COVID no in-person celebrations will take place until further notice.

Past Celebrations

Ramadan

Ramadan is a holy month of fasting, introspection and prayer for Muslims, the followers of Islam. It is celebrated as the month during which Muhammad received the initial revelations of the Quran, the holy book for Muslims.

Ramadan is a time to practice self-restraint and self-reflection. Fasting is seen as a way to cleanse the soul and have empathy for those in the world who are hungry and less fortunate. Each day during Ramadan, Muslims do not eat or drink from dawn to sunset.

The first pre-dawn meal of the day during Ramadan is called “suhoor.” Each day’s fast is broken with a meal known as “iftar.” Traditionally, a date is eaten to break the fast. Iftars are often elaborate feasts celebrated with family and friends. The types of foods served vary according to culture.

The conclusion of Ramadan is marked with a major celebration known as Eid al-Fitr (or Eid ul-Fitr), the Feast of Fast-Breaking. It starts the day after Ramadan ends and lasts for three days.

Common greetings during Ramadan

Ramadan Mubarak – Happy Ramadan

Ramadan Kareem – Have a generous Ramadan