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Ramadan to begin 20 July: Egypt's national astronomy institute

The holy Islamic month of Ramadan this year will begin on 20 July and end on 20 August, according to Egypt's national astronomy institute

Ahram Online , Wednesday 27 Jun 2012
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File Photo: Egyptians shop for lanterns in preparation for the upcoming Muslims holy month of Ramadan (Photo: Bassam Al-Zoghby)
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Hatem Ouda, chairman of Egypt's National Research Institute of Astronomy and Geophysics, has announced that the holy fasting month of Ramadan would officially begin this year on 20 July and end on 20 August, according to astronomical and mathematical calculations.

According to institute officials, this year's Eid El-Fitr will fall on 21 August. 

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, during which Muslims abstain from drinking and eating during the day before breaking their fast at sunset. 

Muslim scholars and astronomers often disagree on what day the month of Ramadan begins on. Many depend on seeing the moon with their own eyes to determine the beginning of the month based on their geographical location. 

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Hesham El Naggar
27-06-2012 06:16pm
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This is going to be the longest Ramadan in history. If it starts July 20 and ends August 20, it will have 32 days, th longest on record. Another impressive outcome for the Egyptians after democratically electing the first president in 5000 years.
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