Islamic holy month of Ramadan starts in Egypt on Monday

Ahram Online , Sunday 5 May 2019

File Photo: A shop full of traditional Ramadan lanterns called "fanous" is pictured ahead of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Cairo June 27, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)

Muslims in Egypt are set to start fasting on Monday to mark the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan, the country's Islamic Dar El-Ifta announced on Sunday evening.

Ramadan will start on Monday as the crescent moon, by which the start of the Islamic holy month is marked, was observed on Sunday evening, the 28th day of the month of Shaaban.

The length of the months in the Islamic lunar calendar varies between 29 and 30 days, depending on the sighting of the crescent. 

On the and 28th day of Shaaban, the month which precedes Ramadan on the Islamic linar calendar, Muslim scholars look for the new crescent in the sky after the sun sets.

If they see it, the following day marks the beginning of Ramadan; if not, then Ramadan will commence the day after.

During Ramadan, the nineth month on the Islamic calendar, Muslims abstain from drinking and eating from dawn until dusk.

Eid Al-Fitr, or "the feast of breaking the fast," is the three-day religious holiday marking the end of Ramadan, and is celebrated by Muslims worldwide.

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