Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, which lasts 29 or 30 days. It is the Islamic month of fasting, in which participating Muslims refrain from eating and drinking during daylight hours and it is intended to teach Muslims about patience, spirituality, humility and submissiveness to God. Compared to the solar calendar, the dates of Ramadan vary, moving backwards by about eleven days each year depending on the moon. Muslims believe Ramadan to be an auspicious month for the revelations of God to humankind, being the month in which the first verses of the Qur'an were revealed to the Islamic prophet, Muhammad.
The meal during which Muslims break their fast is called Iftar. Iftar is a fast breaking dinner and fasting people should break their fast just after the sun sets. They perform iftar with the family if possible. Muslims believe that giving to the poor is a very rewarding. They eat a date and drink some water to break the fast or to perform iftar. Various television channels stop their normal telecast and broadcast special Ramadan transmission especially at the time of Sehar and Iftar. In Kuwait the month of Ramadan is celebrated with great joy and iftar dinners play a big part in this. Most of the Ramadan celebration practices in Kuwait have their roots in traditional Bedouin and Arabian tribe traditions. As Ramadan is also the month of "alms giving" many people organize iftar dinners for the poor, students, guests and foreigners. People can find free and tasty iftar meals offered by major companies in some mosques.
At the JW Marriott Kuwait Hotel, this year is set to launch the much-awaited holy month celebrations called “Layaly JW Marriott El Ramadaniya”. During this fascinating program, the prestigious Al Jahra Ballroom is transformed into a large Arabian tent with private tents for Iftar and sohour. Patrons are treated to specialized Arabic and international stations in addition to sumptuous traditional buffet symbolizing our heritage of Kuwaiti hospitality. As for entertainment, there is a live Arabic band playing daily along with large TV screens featuring exciting Ramadan special programs. Raffle draws every Thursday and Friday night will treat patrons and their families and friends to extremely valuable prizes and gifts. At the Courtyard by Marriott, special deals are set to be offered on Iftar and the meal following that called 'Sohour'. The Kuwait Marriott Hotels are set to truly make Ramadan 2012 and this year's festivities a time to remember.