On the night of Saturday, 4 May, the Moon Sighting Committee of the Ministry of Endowments (Awqaf) and Islamic Affairs have announced that the holy month of Ramadan will begin on Monday, 6 May.

This year, the holy month of Ramadan will be observed for 29 days, making 3 June the last day of Ramadan and 4 June the first day of Eid Al Fitr. This Ramadan, fasting Muslims in Qatar will fast for approximately 15 hours from fajr (sunrise) at around 3:30 am to Maghreb (sunset) at around 6 pm.

Muslim lunar months last between 29 and 30 days, depending on the sighting of the new moon on the 29th night of each month. If the new moon is not visible, the month lasts 30 days. To declare the beginning of Ramadan, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and other Muslim countries depend on the testimonies of local moon sighters. The Judicial High Court then decides when Ramadan begins. KSA’s official Umm al-Qura calendar marks the first day of Ramadan as 6 May.

Qatar, KSA, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Lebanon, Syria, Sudan, Egypt, Morocco and many other Muslim countries in the region are likely to begin observing the holy month starting Monday.

In the United States and Europe, Muslim communities rely on astronomical calculations or follow Muslim countries such as KSA, and are likely to observe Ramadan starting Monday as well. Fasting Muslims in Europe will have the longest number of fasting hours in the world this year. In Norway and Sweden, Muslims will fast for about 20 hours; in Denmark and Germany, 19 hours; in France, 18 hours. Fasting Muslims in Argentina will have the shortest fasting hours in the world this year with only about 11 hours.