Ramadan to start on 29 June: Astronomy institute

Ahram Online , Monday 2 Jun 2014

The holy month of Ramadan will only comprise 29 days this year, says Egypt's National Research Institute of Astronomy and Geophysics

Fanoos Ramadan
Ramadan lanterns (or Fanoos Ramadan) are displayed for sale at a shop ahead of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan in Cairo July 3, 2012 (Photo: Reuters)

The holy month of Ramadan will begin on 29 June, the head of Egypt's National Research Institute of Astronomy and Geophysics, Hatem Ouwda, announced in a statement on Monday.

According to Ouwda, Ramadan this year will comprise 29 days only.

Muslims fast from dawn until dusk for a month during Ramadan, pursuant to the Islamic doctrine.

Ramadan comes roughly 10 days earlier every year, with this year noon-time temperatures reaching up to 40 degrees.

Daylight saving time, recently re-applied in Egypt, will be suspended for the duration of the month. Standard time in Egypt is GMT (UTC) + 2 and GMT + 3 during daylight saving time.

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