Out of Ram

It's Ramadan. For the next thirty days, all the muslims in the world - including all my students - will be starving and grumpy during daylight hours.

They'll also be in no mood to study anything before sundown - and in my experience too busy eating, drinking and smoking after sunset. After Ramadan is Eid - three days of, well, smoking, drinking and eating.

Rammin'-it-dahn, so to speak. Was that joke in slightly bad-taste?

Ramadan's like lent...but in three things - namely Reverse, September, and Earnest. They actually do it, and believe in it, not like us anglicans managing to give up chocolate for two days out of forty.

So, that makes thirty days of students being either a bit useless in lessons, or more usually crying off lessons because they're 'weak with hunger', plus three of being too busy having fun, plus another three recovering from the fun. All of which means I'm broker than usual in August and September.

Maybe I should take the opportunity to go on a diet. Nothing but water to drink during the daytime.


  1. Nothing but water to drink during the daytime.

    Ah, but what will you be indulging at night?

  2. I shall be attempting to make up the salt deficiency incurred during the day.

    Or failing that, the chocolate deficiency.

  3. I've never sure whether I should wish my Muslim friends "happy Ramadam" or something.

  4. @Stephen Chapman: I think you wish someone a "Happy Something" when it's a celebration, but not necessarily a holiday or other special period.

    Hannukah's a celebration. So's Eid, Easter and Vesak (Buddha's birthday).

    But you don't wish a christian a Happy Lent, or a jewish person a Happy Yom Kippur.

    That's how I see it.

  5. Eid sounds like something I could celebrate.