When is Ramadan 2022? Ramadan this year begins on Saturday April 2, 2022 and ends on Sunday May 1, 2022.
However, these dates are not Confirmed. The exact dates of Ramadan, the auspicious month-long festival of the Muslim calendar, are tied to the movements of the moon.
You can actually observe the beginning and end of Ramadan.
All you have to do is stand outside and look west at dusk on Saturday 2 April 2022 and you will – if you have keen eyes, a low horizon and maybe binoculars or a small telescope – seeing the appearance of a crescent at 2.4% just 1.5 days after it was a new moon.
It is this first sighting of the “juvenile moon” – or the “Ramadan moon,” if you will – that marks the end of the month of the Islamic month of Shaban and the beginning of the month of Ramadan, the month of fasting.
During Ramadan, up to 1.8 billion Muslims on our planet will fast between sunrise and sunset.
The holy month of Ramadan has no fixed dates. It’s supposed to start and end on the dates mentioned, but that depends on a successful clerical observation of this super-slender crescent moon.
Technically, it’s all about the first sighting of the crescent moon over Mecca in Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Muhammad.
A new moon is right between the earth and the sun, so it’s invisible. As the moon moves away from the sun, it becomes visible as a narrow crescent moon just above the western horizon after dark, although it takes at least 15 hours after new moon to be visible at all.
The next full moon – the full “Pink Moon” – will occur on Sunday, April 16, 2022. It will be the first full moon of spring 2022 in the northern hemisphere and will mark the middle of Ramadan. But when does Ramadan end in 2022?
That will happen on Sunday, May 1, 2022, when Ramadan will end with the three-day festival of Eid al-Fitr (the “Festival of Breaking the Fast”).
However, Eid al-Fitr does not begin until the sighting of a new moon – dubbed the “Shawwal Moon” – likely on either Sunday, May 1, 2022 or Tuesday, May 2, 2022.
That’s because the crescent moon on Sunday, May 1, 2022 is only 0.7% illuminated and 0.9 days old, which may prove impossible. Next evening it will be 3.4% illuminated and 1.8 days old, making it slightly larger, brighter, and higher in the sky.
The Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar based on the phases of our satellite. Many of the world’s major religions use the lunar cycle to determine the dates of at least some of their festivals; The Chinese New Year is also known as the Lunar New Year and is also determined by the moon’s orbit around the earth.
The lunar calendar is a calendar based on the monthly cycles of the phases of the moon, although the lunar month lasts 29.5 days.
A lunar year is 354.3 days, so everything is out of whack with the solar calendar, where a year — the time it takes for Earth to orbit the sun once — is 365.25 days.
I wish you clear skies and big eyes.