Posted on April 06, 2023 by Driven Properties Latam
Ramadan 2023 began on March 23, the committee met after the Maghreb (sunset) prayer to determine the beginning of the month.
Chaired by Abdullah Sultan bin Awad Al Nuaimi, Minister of Justice, the meeting took place at the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department.
The appearance of the crescent moon marked the beginning of the month, as is the case with all months of the Hijri Islamic calendar.
This one-month period is one of the most important months in the Islamic calendar, and is observed by Muslims around the world as a month of fasting, prayer, reflection, and community.
WHAT IS RAMADAN?
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, which is believed to be the month in which the Qur'an, Islam's holy book, was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad.
During this one-month period, healthy adult Muslims will fast from sunrise to sunset, meaning they will not eat or drink anything during the day.
Fasting is one of the Five Pillars of Islam and allows Muslims to get closer to their faith and to Allah.
Fasting is meant to be a spiritual and physical cleansing and a time of self-reflection.
It is obligatory for all Muslims to fast except those who are sick, pregnant, traveling or elderly.
During this holy month in Islamic culture, five daily prayers are performed. Muslims will break their fast after evening prayer with a meal called ifṭār, which traditionally begins with dates and water.
In addition to fasting during Ramadan, Muslims will also try to give up bad habits, spend time praying, reciting the Qur'an, doing good deeds, and being close to their loved ones.
The exact dates of the holy month of Ramadan change each year according to the lunar cycle, which rotates approximately 10 or 11 days each year.
This year, as Ramadan 2023 began on March 23, this day may vary depending on the sighting of the moon.
Ramadan will last 30 days and will end on Friday, April 21, and the days of celebration of Eid al-Fitr will take place on Saturday, April 22, or Sunday, April 23.
Understandably, such a change in the daily routines of so many people has a great impact on society. Working hours are shortened and some restaurants remain closed during the day.
Schools also have shorter days
This year, schools in the United Arab Emirates will be out for half of Ramadan due to spring break which will run from Monday 27th March to Thursday 13th April.
After Ramadan comes Eid al Fitr, which is commemorated by a four-day weekend in the United Arab Emirates.
The religious holiday marks the beginning of the Islamic month Shawwal and the first day after the month of fasting and prayer during Ramadan.