With more Muslim students in New Brunswick, school districts are trying to accommodate teens who are fasting for Ramadan and seem a little tired in class.
And young Muslims, whether in public school or university, are trying to adjust to fasting in a province just beginning to understand the significance of this religious observance.
"You feel Ramadan in Syria more because all people will know about it," said Hala Bakhash, a 14-year-old student at Leo Hayes High School who arrived in Canada less than two years ago.
"But in here you have to explain it more."
Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam and observing it for 30 days is mandatory.