Published: 2023-03-21 18:18
Last Updated: 2023-06-05 14:33
Tuesday, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Yemen, Iraq, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon and Palestine announced that the crescent of Ramadan could not be seen.
This means that Thursday will be the first day of Ramadan in the mentioned countries.
During Ramadan, Muslims refrain from food, drink, and other physical needs from dawn until sunset. The holy month is also a time for self-reflection and charity.
Because the Islamic calendar is lunar-based, the beginning and end dates of Ramadan depend on the visibility of the crescent moon, which causes the fasting date to shift annually as well as in different countries.
Earlier, Australia had announced that the first day of Ramadan will be Thursday, March 23.