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man praying inside mosque in istanbulRamadan is the holiest month on the lunar Islamic calendar — a time for fasting, taming human passions, and developing compassion for those less fortunate ("O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that ye may acquire self-restraint." (Qur'an 2:183)

For those who devoutly follow the teachings of Islam worldwide, the start of the month is based on sightings of the moon, as well as other astronomical calculations.

In Canada and the United States, most communities follow the decision of the Islamic Society of North America for the highly-anticipated start of Ramadan each year.

When is Ramadan 2018?

Ramadan prayer times USA

Ramadan prayer times worldwide

Ramadan in 2018 starts Wednesday, May 16th and continues for 30 days until Thursday, June 14th.

Note: By tradition a holiday begins on the sunset of the previous day, so observing Muslims in the US, Canada, and Europe will begin observing Ramadan on the sunset of Tuesday, May 15, 2018.

As the summer heats up in 2018, religious leaders and health officials have advised properly keeping body-and-soul together by consuming fruits, carbohydrates, and lots of water when breaking fast this year. Throughout the Muslim world traditional daily fasting begins at dawn (just before sunrise) or Fajr, and ends at sunset or Maghrib.

Ramadan lanterns
Fasting ends at sunset, when lanterns are lit in a tradition that has become a beloved symbol of Ramadan.

bowl of dried dates for Ramadan
Natural vitamins, minerals, sugars and
carbs combine to make dates a favorite
food for breaking fast during Ramadan

The End of Ramadan

The official end of Ramadan begins with the first sighting of the new moon in the night sky, marking the Festival of Fast-Breaking or Eid-ul-Fitr. The day is observed by families or by entire communities who come together to worship and celebrate the end of Ramadan in thanksgiving of life's many bounties.

Just up ahead, discover more about Ramadan traditions and prayers, along with a cache of popular Ramadan recipes.

Also learn more about the sacrifices, strength and joy felt at Ramadan - a month-long testimony to faith observed by the planet's more than one billion Muslims who each year celebrate Ramadan around the world...

also see in Holidays & Observances -> Eid ul-Adha & The Hajj

More about Ramadan around the Web: Ramadan Information Center
- Browse for Ramadan prayer times, a database of mosques searchable by U.S. state, Quran study lessons, daily live webcasting of Taraweeh and the pre-recorded Taraweeh prayers from prior years held in Makkah, plus Q&A on Ramadan, Taraweeh, Laylatul Qadr, fasting and Zakatul Fitr.

BBC Religion & Ethics - Ramadan - Find an excellent collection of stories, traditions, recipes and observances of Ramadan around the world, plus photo galleries, multimedia guide, and e-cards.

All About Ramadan - Discover information on the lunar calendar, fasting rituals, key people and places,and tips and advice for celebrating.

101 - A selection of Ramadan e-cards, inspirational quotes, and related resources.


Ramadan Around the World

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Ramadan Recipes - Ramadan A Ramadan to Remember
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Recipes - Memories of Ramadan Food in the Arab World
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