Report By Noor Zahira | Mount Carmel College Student Bengaluru | Last Updated at May 07 2019
Ramadan, the most important month of the year in the Muslim calendar, begins today the 7th May.
For the next 30 days, Muslims around the world will abstain from eating or drinking during daylight hours and will break fast post sunset.
The date of Ramadan varies each year and is determined by the cycles of the moon.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the lunar Islamic calendar, and it officially begins the morning after the crescent moon is visible to the naked eye.
Since the moon’s visibility differs in various parts of the world based on weather and geography, Ramadan does not officially start until religious leaders declare they’ve seen the crescent moon.
In 2019, Ramadan will begin at sunset on Tuesday, May 7 and last through sundown on Wednesday, June 5.
Observing Ramadan is one of the Five Pillars of Islam, the five duties that are obligatory for every Muslim.
Muslims typically sip water and eat dates before performing sunset prayers. They then share an “iftar” feast with friends and family.
Many mosques host free iftar meals for the public during Ramadan.
The 30 Days of fast ends with a 3 day celebration called as Eid-ul-Fitr or the festival of breaking fast.Gifts are exchanged, and children often receive cash and new clothing.
This celebration is the Muslim version of Christmas.
We at The Ancient Times News wish you a very Happy Ramadan filled with the choicest blessings of the almighty.