Ramadan begins at sundown. The exact timing is subject to the first sighting of the Moon. Beginning at age 12, all Muslims take part in the month-long sunrise-to-sunset fast that is the hallmark of Ramadan. Eating and drinking (including water) is prohibited during daylight hours, and the day’s abstinence is offset by a nightly meal known as iftar. The holiday honors the time when the angel Gabriel revealed the first verses of the Qur’an, the holy book of Islam, to a desert-wandering caravan trader named Muhammad. Muslims believe that fasting cleanses the body, and the practice reminds them of the suffering of the poor. Food is often shared with a poor family during Ramadan. At the end of the 30-day fast is Eid al-Fitr (Festival of Breaking the Fast), replete with feasting and celebration. Read more about Ramadan.
Daily Calendar for Saturday, April 2, 2022
Question of the Day
What is a sous-chef? I hear the term regularly on cooking shows.
Sous is the French word for under, beneath, below. “Chef” is also French, meaning chief, head, commander; the term is defined in the United States as “head cook.” Sous-chef means deputy head or deputy commander, but we use it exclusively as the title given an assistant to a restaurant or hotel chef.
Advice of the Day
It is bad luck to step in a cloud reflected in a puddle.
Home Hint of the Day
Avoid adding plywood or pressure-treated wood to your burn pile. The fumes from these materials can be toxic.
Word of the Day
The circle around the celestial sphere that is halfway between the celestial poles. It can be thought of as the plane of Earth’s equator projected out onto the sphere.
Puzzle of the Day
What kind of shoes do frogs wear?
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- Erastus Brigham Bigelow (industrialist, inventor, a founder of Massachusetts Institute of Technology) –
- Buddy Ebsen (actor) –
- Charles Honi" Coles" (tap dancer) –
- Sir Alec Guinness (actor) –
- Emmylou Harris (country music singer) –
- Christopher Meloni (actor) –
- Clark Gregg (actor) –
- Samuel Morse (inventor) –
- C. S. Forester (author) –
- Pope John Paul II –
- Jane Henson (co-creator of The Muppets) –
- Juan Ponce de Leon discovered Florida and claimed it for the King of Spain–
- U.S. Mint established–
- American Farmer journal founded–
- Bread riot occurred in Richmond, Virginia–
- 7.9 earthquake triggered tsunami, Hawaii–
- Charles Martin Hall patented an inexpensive way to make aluminum–
- As the World Turns debuted on television–
- Dallas made its television debut–
- Wind gusted to at least 199.5 miles per hour at Cannon Mountain, New Hampshire–
- A severe storm blasted the northeastern United States for three days. Winds reached 140 miles per hour on top of Mount Washington, New Hampshire, and Maine received two to three feet of snow–
- 9.4 inches of snow closed Chicago’s O’Hare airport–
- Twisters tore through the Midwest and South, killing 18 people–
- A rare 0.1” snowfall occurred in Charlotte, North Carolina–