Ramadan begins on June 18

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Worshipers at Burnaby’s Masjid Al-Salaam mosque
Photo by Richard Lam/The Vancouver Sun

Ramadan begins on June 18, 2015
Researched and submitted by Mohammad ali Ameryfard,
Grade 10 student, King George Secondary School, Vancouver, B.C.

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Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar,
and the month in which the Qu’ran was revealed.

Fasting during the month of Ramadan
is one of the five pillars of Islam.
Most Muslims spend the month
fasting during the daylight hours
from dawn to sunset.

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Taijiquan – a martial art

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People are practising taijiquan at the 6th Annual Vancouver Water Splashing Festival (2014).
Photo submitted by Bob Luo

Story by Bob Luo

Taijiquan is a Chinese martial art (Wushu).
The movements are gentle and slow.
Each posture flows into the next without pause.
Taiji has many movements.
It has a 24,42,48,88, and other routines.

Taiji is a good exercise.
It has many health benefits.
For example, taiji helps fight stress.
Taiji also increases energy.
People who practise taiji
can improve their flexibility and balance, too. 

Taiji has a long history in China.
It is part of China’s traditional culture.
You can see many Chinese people

practising taiji in many parks in Vancouver.

A group of tai chi practitioners Photo submitted by Bob Luo

A group of taijiquan practitioners
Photo submitted by Bob Luo