Every year, Muslims observe a month-long fast during the 9th month of the Islamic calendar: Ramadan
. Muslims believe that this month is filled with blessings, and it is appropriate to wish them well at the beginning of the month. While friendly words in any language are welcome, there are some traditional or common Arabic greetings that one may use or come across:
- "Ramadan Kareem!"
("Noble (or Generous) Ramadan!")
- "Ramadan Mubarak!"
- "Kul 'am wa enta bi-khair!"
("May every year find you in good health!")
At the end of the month, Muslims observe a holiday called Eid al-Fitr (the Festival of Fast-Breaking):