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Happy Yorkshire Day

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Today is the 1st of August, which since 1975, has been declared as Yorkshire Day – a celebration of all things good about Yorkshire. You may wish to spend some time learning about Yorkshire’s culture or plan a visit. Christine and I were both born and brought up in Yorkshire and I have a great deal of fondness for the county and its people.

Today is also the start of Ramadan, a month of fasting for Muslims. Those complying are unable to ‘taste’ food during daylight hours – with some exceptions, for example if you are ill, travelling or pregnant. At dusk, there are prayers followed by an ‘iftah’ meal to break the fast. For those living in the northern hemisphere, dusk in August is quite late in the evening – 20:49 tonight – so those observing the fast will have to go a long time without eating. Of course, if by not eating you feel ill, then you can eat, if my understanding of Islam is correct… Conveniently, Eid al-Fitr, the end of Ramadan will be approximately the 30th August – it’s actually rare that Islamic and Gregorian calendars align like this. The date is approximate as the exact date is calculated from the hilal (waxing crescent moon following a new moon), and it can vary depending on location as well.

August also marks the start of a potentially very busy month at work. I work in admissions at a university and this is when we receive the majority of our applicants’ results, so a lot of time will be spent confirming places and working out how many, if any, are left over for clearing on the 18th August. I’ll try to keep blogging most days but if this site goes quiet for a bit you’ll know why.

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