This is not an Islamic page. I have been asked this question many times since Ramadan has started, so I thought I would share a little bit of information to help you understand more about when Ramadan is.
Ramadan is the name of the 9th Islamic month, it is during this month that Muslims all around the world are known to fast. Eid is a Muslim Festival which takes place twice a year, once after Ramadan and the other after the Holy Pilgrimage called Hajj, which takes place 3 months after Ramadan. So here is the answer as to why the date of Ramadan and Eid for that matter changes every year.
To begin with, the Islamic calendar differs to our usual Georgian calendar, as the Islamic calendar is based on the moon, therefore the month is dated differently. This is because the Solar and Lunar Calendars do not regulate symmetrically, it is eleven days longer than the lunar calendar. Therefore Ramadan falls roughly between 10-11 days earlier each year, allowing Muslims to fast in every season due to the date changing. Hence the different dates of Ramadan each year.
The beginning of the month is declared by the sighting of the moon. This year Ramadan started on 27 May 2017 and will end when the new moon is sighted, declaring the end of the month. This basically means the month is dictated by the cycle of the new Moon.
The end of Ramadan is marked by the celebration of Eid which falls on the sighting of the new moon. Each Islamic months holds a different significance.
Further information on this can be found on this from many Islamic bookshops, Holy Quran, Islamic History, and mosques.
I wish you all a blessed Ramadan and a Happy Eid if your Muslim and if you are not Muslim I hope this helps you to understand a bit more about how the Month of Ramadan and the Muslim Festival of Eid is dated.
So if your Manager/Boss asks you why you don’t know what day Eid is in advance send them the link to this blog post.
Please take a read of my blog post from last year on Easy Ramadan Reads.
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