Thirteenth Annual Sharing Ramadan

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Members of a local organization invited the community to share with them Islam's most sacred holiday.

The Sheraton Bay Point Resort was packed Tuesday with people from all walks of life celebrating and learning about Ramadan.

During the 30 days of Ramadan, Muslims fast until the sun sets. After that, they pray and then feast.

The event is put on by the Bay County Islamic Society and aims to dispel what they call 'misconceptions' about the religion and encourage the public to learn more.

They say sharing the holiday with others brings joy to their community.

"The greatest thing about Sharing Ramadan is just the essence of sharing, and sharing something that is so beloved to us and coming together with all members of our community here in bay county over such a wonderful, special occasion for us," said Lamia Arafa, who is on the Sharing Ramadan committee and helped put together the event.

After the sunset, guests were treated to dinner. This was the organization's thirteenth year hosting the event.