UAE Reveals Ramadan 2024, and Eid Al Fitr expected dates
The Holy Month of Ramadan in the UAE is expected to start in March 2024, with astronomical calculations suggesting it may begin around March 16. Muslims around the world will observe fasting from dawn till dusk, focusing on spirituality, prayer, and self-control during this sacred month, culminating in the celebration of Eid Al Fitr.
Anticipating Ramadan in the UAE
The approach of the Holy Month of Ramadan in the UAE is drawing closer, with just six months left until this significant period in the Islamic calendar. Currently, the Islamic month of Safar is underway, and according to Ibrahim Al Jarwan, chairman of the Board of Directors of the Emirates Astronomy Society, Rabi Al Awwal, the month following Safar, is expected to commence on September 16, based on astronomical calculations.
Astronomically speaking, the Holy Month of Ramadan is projected to begin during the second week of March in 2024. It is estimated that the Islamic festival Eid Al Fitr, which follows Ramadan, will fall on April 10. These dates are subject to change based on the actual sighting of the crescent Moon, which is the foundation of the Islamic Hijri calendar. Unlike the Gregorian calendar, Islamic months vary in length, lasting either 29 or 30 days, depending on the lunar crescent's visibility.
Significance of Ramadan
Ramadan is profoundly significant for Muslims worldwide. It commemorates the revelation of the Holy Quran, fostering qualities such as self-discipline, gratitude, compassion for the less fortunate, and a deeper connection with God. During this sacred month, Muslims fast from dawn until dusk, refraining from consuming food and drink. The fast commences before the call for the Fajr (morning) prayer and concludes at the call for the Maghrib (dusk) prayer.
In the UAE, the arrival of Ramadan brings a palpable sense of spirituality. School and office hours are typically shortened and adjusted, reflecting the altered daily rhythms as Muslims abstain from eating and drinking during daylight hours. This period serves as a time for reflection, prayer, and increased devotion.
Eid Al Fitr Celebration
Moreover, Muslims worldwide celebrate Eid Al Fitr on the first day of Shawwal, the month immediately following Ramadan. This joyful occasion includes various customs such as Zakat Al Fitr, an act of charity, a special morning prayer, feasting, and the sharing of sweets. Eid Al Fitr represents a time of unity, gratitude, and celebration, marking the end of the month of fasting and devotion.