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RAMADAN

When is Ramadan in 2023?

Ramadan in 2023 is on the Wednesday, 22nd of Mar (3/22/2023).

Ramadan is on the 81rd day of 2023. There are 284 days left in the year.

Ramadan Facts

  • Date: Mar 22, 2023
  • Religious
  • Also Called: Ramazan, Ramzan, Ramadhan
  • Celebrations: Community iftars and Community prayers
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Ramadan, also referred as the Fasting month, is observed by Muslims worldwide in the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar year. The Ramadan meaning in Arabic is ‘Scorching heat’ possibly because the holiday falls in a time when the temperatures are quite high in that part of the world. During this holiday, Muslims are not supposed to eat or drink anything from sunrise to sunset given that fasting is one of the five pillars of Islamic principles. They are also instructed to avoid evil thoughts and sinful behavior such as cursing, lying and fighting except in self-defense.

Normally, the sighting of the crescent moon marks the end of the Holy Month. Muslims break their fasting by sharing meals with family and friends in a three-day festival known as Eid al-Fitr or the Feast of Fast-Breaking.

What is the History of Ramadan

According to the Islamic belief, the Quran was first revealed to Prophet Muhammad during the Holy Month of Ramadan as he meditated in a cavern outside the Holy city of Mecca. The month is therefore meant to commemorate the first revelation which was sent down on Laylat al-Qadr popularly known as (The Night of Power)

What is Allowed and Not Allowed during Ramadan?

There are Ramadan rules and regulations that govern this Holy Month. Fasting is obligatory and as a Muslim, you are not required to eat or drink from sunrise to sunset. Similarly, if you’re observing Ramadan, you are not supposed to engage in sex during fasting hours, chew gum, smoke, backbite, lie, swear, gossip and all forms of sinful behavior.

What Do You Eat For Ramadan

There is a common misconception that Muslims don’t eat or drink at all for the 29-30 days of Ramadan. This is untrue as the body requires nourishment to keep going. The only time Muslims are not required to eat and drink is during the fasting hours. That means from sunrise to sunset. However, you can eat before dawn also known as Suhoor (morning meal) and after sunset called Iftar (evening meal). There are no restrictions on what you should eat, except for the already prohibited foods in Islam like pork products and alcohol.

What Are the Exact Dates of Ramadan?

There are no specific dates when Ramadan starts and ends. The Islamic lunar calendar does not match the solar calendar. Therefore, the dates keep shifting by about 11 days every year.

What Is The Main Purpose Of Ramadan?

Ramadan purifies one from impure thoughts, deeds, and material desires. This allows Muslims to fully concentrate on their faith through prayers, seeking forgiveness and being there for the needy.

Can Non-Muslims Fast During Ramadan?

Non-Muslims are free to fast and pray with their Muslim friends during Ramadan. If not willing to participate as a Non-Muslim you can greet those fasting with Ramadan Mubarak or Ramadan Kareem which translates to ‘Have a blessed or generous Ramadan.’

Who Should Fast During Ramadan?

Generally, everyone who has passed puberty should take part in Ramadan fasting. There are however exceptions like pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers, the elderly, diabetic patients and those with disabilities and special medical conditions. Although children are not supposed to fast, you can make Ramadan for kids interesting. Read to them books about Ramadan, teach them the appropriate Ramadan greetings, involve them in preparing Iftar dinners and when the holy month ends, celebrate the Eid-al-Fitr together.

How to Celebrate Ramadan?

Besides fasting, Ramadan is a time to recharge your faith in Allah. Some of the things you can do during the Holy month include reading the Quran daily, observing prayers on time, seeking forgiveness, building healthy relationships and visiting the needy. As a Muslim, you should also practice charity as one of the five Islamic pillars. During Ramadan, be generous by showing empathy to the hungry, raising money for the poor, donating clothes and food and eating the Iftar dinners with the less fortunate.

How Long Is Ramadan?

Typically, the month begins on the last full moon of the particular month and lasts 29 or 30 days. In most cases, Ramadan falls between late May and late June. For the holy month to end, the crescent moon must be seen at Mecca on the 29th day. If not seen, the month goes for an extra day and ends at 30 days. However, some Muslim organizations prefer following astronomical charts to plan events and activities ahead of time.

Ramadan Observances

DAY
DATE
HOLIDAY NAME
  • Sat
  • Jun 28, 2014
  • Thu
  • Jun 18, 2015
  • Tue
  • Jun 07, 2016
  • Sun
  • May 28, 2017
  • Wed
  • May 16, 2018

List of Religious Holidays of Islam in 2023

DAYDATEHOLIDAY
SaturdaySatFeb 18, 2023Feb 18Lailat al Miraj
SundaySunMar 19, 2023Mar 19Lailat al Bara'ah
ThursdayThuMar 23, 2023Mar 23Ramadan (start)
TuesdayTueApr 18, 2023Apr 18Laylat al Qadr
SaturdaySatApr 22, 2023Apr 22Eid-al-Fitr (End of Ramadan)
WednesdayWedJun 28, 2023Jun 28Waqf al Arafa - Hajj
ThursdayThuJun 29, 2023Jun 29Eid-al-Adha
WednesdayWedJul 19, 2023Jul 19Hijra - Islamic New Year
FridayFriJul 28, 2023Jul 28Day of Ashura / Muharram
MondayMonOct 09, 2023Oct 09Milad un Nabi

List of Popular Celebration Days of United States in 2023

DAYDATEHOLIDAY
ThursdayThuJan 12, 2023Jan 12National Pharmacists Day
ThursdayThuJan 19, 2023Jan 19National Popcorn Day
WednesdayWedFeb 01, 2023Feb 01National Signing Day
ThursdayThuFeb 02, 2023Feb 02Groundhog Day
FridayFriFeb 03, 2023Feb 03National Wear Red Day
ThursdayThuFeb 09, 2023Feb 09National Pizza Day
MondayMonFeb 13, 2023Feb 13Galentine's Day
TuesdayTueFeb 14, 2023Feb 14Valentine's Day
WednesdayWedFeb 15, 2023Feb 15National Bagel Day
SaturdaySatFeb 18, 2023Feb 18National Drink Wine Day
TuesdayTueFeb 21, 2023Feb 21National Pancake Day
WednesdayWedFeb 22, 2023Feb 22National Margarita Day
FridayFriMar 03, 2023Mar 03National Employee Appreciation Day
TuesdayTueMar 07, 2023Mar 07National Cereal Day
SundaySunMar 12, 2023Mar 12Daylight savings
MondayMonMar 13, 2023Mar 13National Napping Day
TuesdayTueMar 14, 2023Mar 14National Walkout Day
TuesdayTueMar 14, 2023Mar 14National Pi Day
MondayMonMar 20, 2023Mar 20National Proposal Day
ThursdayThuMar 23, 2023Mar 23National Puppy Day
ThursdayThuMar 30, 2023Mar 30National Doctor Day
WednesdayWedApr 05, 2023Apr 05National Walking Day
ThursdayThuApr 06, 2023Apr 06National Burrito Day
FridayFriApr 07, 2023Apr 07National Beer Day
TuesdayTueApr 11, 2023Apr 11National Pet Day
WednesdayWedApr 12, 2023Apr 12National Grilled Cheese Day
ThursdayThuMay 04, 2023May 04National Day Of Prayer
SundaySunMay 14, 2023May 14Mother's Day
ThursdayThuMay 25, 2023May 25National Towel Day
ThursdayThuMay 25, 2023May 25National Wine Day
FridayFriJun 02, 2023Jun 02National Donut Day
ThursdayThuJun 08, 2023Jun 08National Best Friends Day
SundaySunJun 18, 2023Jun 18Father's Day
WednesdayWedJun 21, 2023Jun 21National Selfie Day
ThursdayThuJun 22, 2023Jun 22National Kissing Day
ThursdayThuJul 13, 2023Jul 13National French Fry Day
FridayFriJul 14, 2023Jul 14National Nude Day
SundaySunJul 16, 2023Jul 16National Ice Cream Day
WednesdayWedJul 19, 2023Jul 19National Hot Dog Day
SundaySunJul 23, 2023Jul 23Amazon Prime Day
MondayMonJul 24, 2023Jul 24National Tequila Day
SaturdaySatJul 29, 2023Jul 29National Chicken Wing Day
TuesdayTueAug 01, 2023Aug 01National Girlfriends Day
SundaySunAug 06, 2023Aug 06National Sister Day
MondayMonSep 18, 2023Sep 18National Cheeseburger Day
TuesdayTueOct 03, 2023Oct 03National Boyfriends Day
WednesdayWedOct 04, 2023Oct 04National Vodka Day
WednesdayWedOct 04, 2023Oct 04National Taco Day
MondayMonOct 09, 2023Oct 09Leif Erikson Day
SaturdaySatOct 21, 2023Oct 21Sweetest Day
SundaySunOct 29, 2023Oct 29National Cat Day
TuesdayTueOct 31, 2023Oct 31Halloween
FridayFriNov 03, 2023Nov 03National Sandwich Day
FridayFriNov 24, 2023Nov 24Black Friday
MondayMonNov 27, 2023Nov 27Cyber Monday
SaturdaySatDec 02, 2023Dec 02Candle Day
SaturdaySatDec 09, 2023Dec 09National Pastry Day
FridayFriDec 15, 2023Dec 15National Ugly Sweater day