Ramadan and EIDs 2014

23rd April 2014

The Muslim month of Ramadan starts on / around Friday 27th June 2014

There may be some date variations i.e. one day, either side of Friday 27th June  -depending on sighting of the new moon.  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 in the Gregorian calendar 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.

Ramadan continues from the first day for thirty  (30) days and it is expected that Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan will be on or around Sunday 27th  / Monday  28th July. The other major Muslim festival Eid al-Adha (expected to be on / around Saturday 4th – Sunday 5th October this year) marks the end of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca.

During the month of Ramadan, adult Muslims fast (nothing to eat or drink, including water) between a certain time before sunrise and sunset (so depending on the first day –this will mean from around 3:00 AM  (fast starts) until late in the evening, until around the 9:00 PM +  time (fast ends).

If you are planning events / meetings  etc during the month of Ramadan -please be aware of the above dates / times.