Ramadan 2017 likely to begin on May 27
The Holy month of Ramadan begins with a new moon sighting, marking the start of the ninth month in the Islamic calendar.
The Holy month of Ramdan is likely to begin from May 27, 2017 and is expected to end on June 24, based on moon sighting reports.
Ramadan ends when the first crescent of the new moon is sighted again. Eid Al Fitr is the Islamic holiday that marks the end of Ramadan.
In the UAE, work days are usually shortened by two hours during Ramadan.
Ramdan consists of fasting from dawn to sunset. Muslims all over the world fast during the days of this month and make special prayers at night. The month of Ramadan traditionally begins with a new moon sighting, marking the start of the ninth month in the Islamic calendar. During this period, Muslims abstain from food, drink, and certain other activities during daylight hours in Ramadan. (Read: Ramadan dos and don'ts for non-Muslims)
Although Ramadan is always on the same day of the Islamic calendar, the date on the Gregorian calendar varies from year to year, since the Gregorian calendar is a solar calendar and the Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar. This difference means Ramadan moves ahead in the Gregorian calendar by approximately 11 days every year.
The date of Ramadan may also vary from country to country depending on whether the moon has been sighted or not. The duration of the daily fast depends on the number of hours between sunrise and sunset, which is affected by which season in which Ramadan falls.
During summer months, those observing the month of Ramadan have to fast longer hours due to the longer days.
Here's the complete calendar for the holy month of Ramadan, according to iacad.gov.ae
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