The holy month of Ramadan is approaching, predicted to start 27th May 2017, and during this month Blossom will be following the UAE Labour Law and operate at reduced hours.
Our Official Ramadan hours will be:
8:30am - 4:00pm Sunday through Thursday.
All children who are normally collected at 1pm and 3pm are collected as normal however 5pm/6pm collections are to be picked up on or before 4pm. Please note that from 3.30pm onwards all children will be in the Gym for pickup and any late pickups after 4:00pm will be treated just as 6pm or later pick up is.
We will not be running breakfast service during this month for children but the 10:00am/3:00pm snack and 12:15 pm lunch will carry on as normal for children.
We wish you all a very Ramadagn Kareem :) For more information on our working hours please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here's a little more information about this holy month –
Ramadan marks the revelation of the Holy Qur'an to Prophet Mohammed (pbuh). Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic year and it is observed for one lunar month. Ramadan begins when a new moon is sighted by Islamic scholars, so it is difficult to say precisely when this will be. The end of Ramadan is followed by Eid Al Fitr, a two day celebration which denotes the beginning of a new month and is marked as a national holiday in Islamic countries. Ramadan practices will have a significant impact on everyone living and working within the UAE and other Islamic countries, so it is important for businesses to be well informed.
Observing fasting (Sawm) is one of the five pillars of Islam, the basic tenets of the faith. All Muslims are obliged to fast during Ramadan, although an exception is made for children under the age of 12, women who are pregnant or nursing, Muslims who are travelling or sick and the elderly.
While fasting, Muslims are prohibited from eating, drinking and smoking between sunrise and sunset. A light meal (Suhoor) is eaten before sunrise and morning prayers (Fajr) are performed afterwards. The fast ends at dusk, when the call to Maghrib prayers sounds and it is customary for the fast to be broken with dates and water. An evening meal (Iftar) is eaten after prayers with family or friends, followed by special Ramadan prayers known as Taraweeh and the usual night time prayers (Isha). Those that are unable to fast are obliged to provide meals for the poor for each fast that is missed or make up the fast after Ramadan.
During this month, many Muslims will spend more time than usual in prayer or contemplation, and time is dedicated to reciting the Qur'an.
Muslims are encouraged to try to recite the entire Qur'an during Ramadan. Emphasis is placed upon the last ten days of Ramadan, which are considered the most holy and indeed some Muslims will spend an entire night reciting the Qur'an and praying.
Muslims also use this period to reflect on their lives and develop a deeper spiritual awareness and it is not simply food and drink which Muslims try to refrain from but they also seek to purify themselves by abstaining from inappropriate language and other ill-mannered acts. The fast provides a focus for greater self-awareness and assists Muslims to improve their self-discipline and self-control. Charity (Zakat) and other acts of generosity are also encouraged during this time and Muslims aim to empathize with those less fortunate.