Ramadan: Saudi, 27 countries declare Saturday first day

Ramadan: Saudi, 27 countries declare Saturday first day

Saudi Arabia’s High Judicial Court has announced that, based on confirmed sightings of Ramadan’s new moon crescent, the first day of Ramadan 1438 fasting will be Saturday, May 27.

27 other countries have also confirmed Saturday as the first day of Ramadan.

Bangladesh, Pakistan, India and the Shia in Iraq declared Sunday May 28 as the first day of Ramadan.

As per tradition, the sighting of the new moon marks the beginning of the Muslim lunar month of Ramadan.

Turkey and the Muslim community in the United States and Europe were announced earlier will observe Ramadan fast from May 27, based on astronomic calculations.

In Muslim-majority countries, offices are required by law to reduce working hours, and many restaurants are closed during daylight hours in Ramadan.

“Ramadan Mubarak” and “Ramadan Kareem” are common greetings exchanged in this occasion, wishing the recipient a blessed and generous Ramadan.

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