Tonight, Muslim families will break their first day of fasting for Ramadan.
The Islamic calendar is lunar and about 11 days shorter than the solar calendar, so the month-long observance of Ramadan is celebrated 11 days earlier each year, said Hussan Ayloush, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations Greater Los Angeles area.
For Muslims like Ayloush, Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic-lunar calendar - known as "the blessed month" - and a time for spiritual rejuvenation.
For 29 to 30 days, Muslims abstain from food and drink from sunrise to sunset and increase prayers and charitable giving to the needy, said Ayloush, a Corona resident.
After sunset, the fast is broken with a dinner - or "iftar" - among friends and family, and special prayers are offered, he said.
Every evening between 7 and 9 p.m., Imam Shamshad A. Nasir said people will gather at Baitul Hameed Mosque in Chino for five prayers, the teachings of the Holy Quran and the prophet Muhammad, and feasts.
"Everyone is invited," he said. "Sometimes, our neighbors, our Christian friends and the needy and poor come to join us." (MORE)