Ramadan which is written in Arabic as رمضان‎ Ramaḍān, and pronounced [rɑmɑdˤɑːn] (also Ramadhan, Ramadaan) is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. This event can also be called Ramaḍān al-Karīm (Ramadan, the Generous), or 11 Ayın Sultanı (Sultan of The Months). This is the event of Islamic fasting. Muslims who participate in Ramadan will avoid eating, drinking, smoking, as well as getting involved in anything that is ill-natured or excessive, each day from the dawn until sunset. At sunset, the family will gather the fast-breaking meal known as Iftar. The practice Ramadan is intended to teach Muslim about Patience, humility, and spirituality. This is a time for Muslim to fast as well as to offer for more prayer than usual, for the sake of their God, Allah. For Muslims Ramadan is believed to be an auspicious month for the revelations of God to human beings, being the month in which the first verses of the Qur’an were revealed to the Prophet Muhammad.

Ramadan is the event during which Muslims ask for forgiveness for past sins, pray for guidance and help in refraining from everyday evils, and try to purify themselves through self-restraint and good deeds.

Ramadan lasts for 29 or 30 days upon the sighting of the next new moon. It begins from the 1 Ramadan until 29 or 30 Ramadan (the Islamic lunar calendar). It is to be noticed that in comparison to the solar calendar, the dates of Ramadan vary, moving backwards about eleven days each year depending on the moon.

Here are the Calendars for this year and years following

2010 – August 11 to September 9
2011 – August 1 to August 29
2012 – July 20 to August 18
2013 – July 9 – August 7
2014 – June 28 to July 27
2015 – June 18 to July 16

To my point of view, this is a good practice for people though it may be a bit hard for each day without food. Luckily, having meal at night is allowed!

Let me wish all Muslim Happy Ramadan.

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