Ramadan to start on June 18, astronomical calculations predict

Sharjah Planetarium predicts the start of the holy month and says Eid Al Fitr will likely begin on Friday July 17.

ABU DHABI // Ramadan is likely to begin on June 18, the Sharjah Planetarium has predicted.

The start of the holy month for the Hijri year 1436 is likely to fall on Thursday, June 18, according to astronomical calculations of the planetarium.

Ibrahim Al Jarwan, general supervisor at the SP, predicted that Eid Al Fitr would be on Friday, July 17 (the first of Shawwal).

“The daylight hours at the beginning of the month of Ramadan will be 13 hours and 45 minutes, while the fasting period will be as long as 15 hours and 15 minutes,” he said.

Towards the end of the Ramadan, daylight hours will be 13 hours and 35 minutes, and the fasting period will be 15 hours and 5 minutes,” Mr Al Jarwan said.

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