2010 Ramadan


The 2010 Ramadan will begin on Wednesday, August 11th and will go on for 30 days until September 9th. Based on the sight ability in North America, Ramadan will begin in North America a day later on August 12th. However, for the Muslim calendar, a holiday starts on the sunset of the day before, so observing Muslims will commemorate Ramadan on August 10th at sunset.

Even though Ramadan is at all times on the same day of the Islamic calendar, the date on the Gregorian calendar differs annually. This is because the Gregorian calendar is a solar calendar and the Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar. This variation means that Ramadan moves in the Gregorian calendar about eleven days each year. The date of Ramadan may also differ from country to country which is dependent on the moon being sighted or not.

Muslims in India take part in all the Islamic festivals that are commemorated in other parts of the world. All the Muslim celebrations and observances in India follow the Islamic calendar, which has fewer days than the solar year. Therefore, every year, the dates of Muslim celebrations keep changing. The main Muslim festivals that will be observed in India consist of Ramadan, Muharram, Id-e-Milad and Bakr-Id. These celebrations of favorable events will be marked by exceptional prayers put forward in fasting, feasting, mosques and also the exchange of wishes.

All the major Muslim celebrations are commemorated with religious zeal, in India. Ramadan finds an exceptional place in the calendar of events. Holiday is proclaimed during the time of Ramadan, in educational organizations and government headquarters. Bakra-Eid is the 'feast of sacrifice', will be celebrated from the 10th to the 12th day in the Islamic month of Dhul Hijjah. After the fasting month of Ramadan celebrations will include several rituals that will be performed at particular times.

Al-Quds Day will be held on the final Friday of Ramadan in Iran. Quds Day which is formally known as International Al-Quds Day is a yearly event that will be celebrated on the final Friday of Ramadan and conveys unity among the Palestinian people, the opposition of Zionism and also Israel's control of Jerusalem.

Throughout Ramadan, there is a celebratory atmosphere after sunset. In numerous cities, Muslims go out after they have broken the fast to visit with friends and family members or just to take a walk. Restaurants and shopping areas will be open and busy and alive with conversation. On the 27th day of Ramadan, fireworks will be set off to once again commemorate the Night of Power, which is the night that Muhammed was initially given revelation of the Koran in 610.

The end of Ramadan is always a joyous occasion and is called Eid-ul-Fitr, usually lasting three days. It is referred to as an event of continuous happiness and will be observed with feasts, sweets, special prayers and gift giving. Ramadan is a time to rejoice and be grateful for the gift of the Koran. It is a time in which Muslims consider the poor, practice self-control, and be dedicated to the Islamic faith.


Upcoming Ramadan Calendar dates
2018 - May 15 to June 14
2019 - May 5 to June 4
2020 - April 23 to May 23
2021 - April 12 to May 11
2022 - April 2 to May 1
2023 - March 22 to April 20

Ramadan Trivia

How exactly are the Ramadan calendar dates determined? The Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar, and months begin when the first crescent of a new moon is sighted. Since the new moon indicates the beginning of the new month, you can usually safely estimate the beginning of Ramadan. Naturally, there are and will always be disagreements about the exact start and end dates of Ramadan when using the naked eye. More recently however, more Muslims are turning to the use of astronomical calculations in order to avoid this confusion.