Ramadan is set to begin at the beginning of April this year and over a billion Muslims will start observing a month-long fast during daylight hours.
The holy month begins approximately two weeks earlier each year and, for half the world, it will move away from the longer, hotter days of summer towards the shorter, cooler winter.
But which countries will have the most daylight hours and which nations will have the shortest fast?
Shortest Ramadan fast in 2022:
New Zealand, Argentina and South Africa are tied for the shortest fasting period between 11 and 12 hours during the month.
Longest Ramadan fast in 2022:
Muslims in the city of Reykjavík, Iceland, will have this year’s record of being residents of the city with the longest fasting hours. They are expected to endure a punishing 16 hours and 50 minutes hours fast during the holy month.
How can you fast for Ramadan when it never gets dark?
So, what do they do?
In countries where the sunset and sunrise are less than three hours apart, fatwas have been declared in order to allow residents to follow the schedule of other cities. Many, for example, will follow the fast times of Makkah in Saudi Arabia.
This year, Saudi Arabia and much of the Middle East will be fasting for around 15 hours a day.
Longest and shortest fast times for Ramadan 2022 by countries:
Shortest fast times:
Johannesburg, South Africa: 11 to 12 hours
Buenos Aires, Argentina: 11 to 12 hours
Cape Town, South Africa: 11 to 12 hours
Christchurch, New Zealand: 11 to 12 hours
Ciudad del Este, Paraguay: 11 to 12 hours
Montevideo, Uruguay: 11 to 12 hours
Brasilia, Brazil: 12 to 13 hours
Harare, Zimbabwe: 12 to 13 hours
Longest fast times:
Reykjavík, Iceland: 16 hours and 50 minutes
Warsaw, Poland: 15 hours
London, England: 15 hours
Paris, France: 16 to 17 hours
Lisbon, Portugal: 15 to 16 hours
Athens, Greece: 15 to 16 hours
Beijing, China: 15 to 16 hours
Washington DC, US: 15 to 16 hours
Ankara, Turkey: 15 to 16 hours