When does Ramadan 2020 start?
Ramadan will begin on the evening of Thursday, April 23 2020.
The celebration is a month-long festival and will end on the evening of Saturday, May 23.
The Islamic calendar is based on the cycle of the Moon, meaning the date of Ramadan changes every year.
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Who has to fast during Ramadan?
Fasting from dawn to sunset is obligatory for all adult Muslims, except from a few exceptions.
Muslims who are acutely or chronically ill, travelling, elderly, pregnant, breastfeeding, diabetic, or menstruating do not have to take part in the fast.
The spiritual rewards, known as thawab, of fasting are believed to be multiplied during Ramadan.[
Because of this, Muslims refrain not only from food and drink, but also tobacco products, sexual relations and sinful behaviour.
Instead, Muslims devote themselves to prayer, known as salat, recitation of the Quran and the performance of charitable deeds as they strive for purity and heightened awareness of God.