Jules Telfort – Mustangs Ahead  

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – April features several important religious holidays like Ramadan, Good Friday, Easter, and Eid al-Fitr there are Mustangs who celebrate each.

LRHS religion teacher Kyle Steinberg explains ceremonies in religion allow people to “outwardly express their faith” and “connect with some of the core religious principles” held in many religions.

Steinberg also says that ceremonies “give people a connection to each other that they might not otherwise have.”

Ramadan, which started March 22, is a Muslim holiday that first began in A.D. 610.

It is believed that the angel Gabriel appeared to the prophet Muhammad and gave him the Islamic holy book: the Quran.

Sophomore Dewan Asmi said, “Ramadan is a very happy time for me, it’s very nice to see how close the community gets.”

During Ramadan, Muslims will fast from eating and drinking from sunrise to sundown throughout the month in self-reflection, to display gratitude and empathy, and to become closer to Allah.

After fasting all day, Asmi finds it “rewarding at the end of the day when it’s time to break it.”

Good Friday is an important Christian holiday that takes place on April 7. It is a day that Christians mark the crucifixion of Jesus.

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Easter, which follows closely after Good Friday and falls on April 9 is the day Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus.

For Sophomore Grace Wortley, a Mustang who’s grown up in the church, it’s a time of celebration. Every year, her and her family go to an “Easter sunrise service” and said that Easter “is a great day for my family to celebrate.”