Ramadan starts in United States
Quick FactsMany Muslims in the United States fast in the hours of daylight during Ramadan, the ninth month in the Islamic calendar.
|يبدأ شهر رمضان||Arabic|
Ramadan starts 2017Saturday, May 27, 2017
Ramadan starts 2018Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Note: Regional customs or moon sightings may cause a variation of the date for Islamic holidays, which begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday. The Islamic calendar is lunar and the days begin at sunset, so there may be one-day error depending on when the New Moon is first seen.
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Ramadan (also known as Ramadhan or Ramzan) is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar. It is a period of prayer, fasting, charity-giving and self-accountability for Muslims in the United States. The first verses of the Koran (Qu'ran) were revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (also written as Mohammad or Muhammed) during the last third of Ramadan, making this an especially holy period.
What Do People Do?
Ramadan is a month of fasting for many Muslims in the United States. Fasting during Ramadan is one of the Five Pillars (fundamental religious duties) of Islam. It is a time of self-examination and increased religious devotion.
People of Islamic faith are encouraged to read the entire Qur'an during Ramadan. Some Muslims recite the entire Qur'an by the end of Ramadan through special prayers known as Tarawih, which are held in mosques every night of the month, during which a section of the Qur'an is recited. Ramadan is also a month for acts of charity. Some Islamic centers and organizations actively take part in charity events and activities such as giving basic necessities, including food and clothing, to the homeless or donating school equipment to schools.
Some schools for students of Islamic faith may hold special events to welcome Ramadan. Some school authorities may issue requests on or prior to Ramadan, asking staff members at all schools within a district to help Muslim students perform their fasting ritual.
Many Islamic businesses and organizations may amend opening hours to suit prayer times during Ramadan in the United States. There may also be some congestion around mosques during prayer times, such as in the evenings.
Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar, which consists of 12 months and lasts for about 354 days. The word “Ramadan” is derived from an Arabic word for intense heat, scorched ground and shortness of food and drink. It is considered to be the most holy and blessed month. Fighting is not allowed during this period.
The month of Ramadan traditionally begins with a new moon sighting, marking the start of the ninth month in the Islamic calendar. Many Muslims (except children, the sick and the elderly) abstain from food, drink, and certain other activities during daylight hours in Ramadan. This is considered as the holiest season in the Islamic year and commemorates the time when the Qu’ran (Islamic holy book) is said to have been revealed to the Prophet Muhammad. This occurred on Laylat Al-Qadr, one of the last 10 nights of the month. Ramadan ends when the first crescent of the new moon is sighted again, marking the new lunar month’s start. Eid-al-Fitr is the Islamic holiday that marks the end of Ramadan.
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Ramadan starts ObservancesNote: Regional customs or moon sightings may cause a variation of the date for Islamic holidays, which begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday. The Islamic calendar is lunar and the days begin at sunset, so there may be one-day error depending on when the New Moon is first seen.
|Weekday||Date||Year||Name||Holiday type||Where it is observed|
|Wed||Mar 28||1990||Ramadan starts||Muslim|
|Sun||Mar 17||1991||Ramadan starts||Muslim|
|Thu||Mar 5||1992||Ramadan starts||Muslim|
|Tue||Feb 23||1993||Ramadan starts||Muslim|
|Sat||Feb 12||1994||Ramadan starts||Muslim|
|Wed||Feb 1||1995||Ramadan starts||Muslim|
|Mon||Jan 22||1996||Ramadan starts||Muslim|
|Fri||Jan 10||1997||Ramadan starts||Muslim|
|Wed||Dec 31||1997||Ramadan starts||Muslim|
|Sun||Dec 20||1998||Ramadan starts||Muslim|
|Thu||Dec 9||1999||Ramadan starts||Muslim|
|Tue||Nov 28||2000||Ramadan starts||Muslim|
|Sat||Nov 17||2001||Ramadan starts||Muslim|
|Wed||Nov 6||2002||Ramadan starts||Muslim|
|Mon||Oct 27||2003||Ramadan starts||Muslim|
|Sat||Oct 16||2004||Ramadan starts||Muslim|
|Wed||Oct 5||2005||Ramadan starts||Muslim|
|Sun||Sep 24||2006||Ramadan starts||Muslim|
|Thu||Sep 13||2007||Ramadan starts||Muslim|
|Tue||Sep 2||2008||Ramadan starts||Muslim|
|Sat||Aug 22||2009||Ramadan starts||Muslim|
|Wed||Aug 11||2010||Ramadan starts||Muslim|
|Mon||Aug 1||2011||Ramadan starts||Muslim|
|Fri||Jul 20||2012||Ramadan starts||Muslim|
|Tue||Jul 9||2013||Ramadan starts||Muslim|
|Sun||Jun 29||2014||Ramadan starts||Muslim|
|Thu||Jun 18||2015||Ramadan starts||Muslim|
|Tue||Jun 7||2016||Ramadan starts||Muslim|
|Sat||May 27||2017||Ramadan starts||Muslim|
|Wed||May 16||2018||Ramadan starts||Muslim|
|Mon||May 6||2019||Ramadan starts||Muslim|
|Fri||Apr 24||2020||Ramadan starts||Muslim|
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- Lei Day ―Monday, May 1, 2017
- Yom Ha'atzmaut ―Tuesday, May 2, 2017
- World Tuna Day ―Tuesday, May 2, 2017
- World Press Freedom Day ―Wednesday, May 3, 2017
- Kent State Shootings Remembrance ―Thursday, May 4, 2017
- National Day of Prayer ―Thursday, May 4, 2017
- Rhode Island Independence Day ―Thursday, May 4, 2017
- Cinco de Mayo ―Friday, May 5, 2017
- National Nurses Day ―Saturday, May 6, 2017
- National Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Day ―Saturday, May 6, 2017
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- Day of Vesak ―Wednesday, May 10, 2017
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- International Day of Families ―Monday, May 15, 2017
- Peace Officers Memorial Day ―Monday, May 15, 2017
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- World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development ―Sunday, May 21, 2017
- International Day for Biological Diversity ―Monday, May 22, 2017
- National Maritime Day ―Monday, May 22, 2017
- Harvey Milk Day ―Monday, May 22, 2017
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- Emergency Medical Services for Children Day ―Wednesday, May 24, 2017
- Ascension Day ―Thursday, May 25, 2017
- African Liberation Day ―Thursday, May 25, 2017
- National Missing Children's Day ―Thursday, May 25, 2017
- International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers ―Monday, May 29, 2017
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