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When Does Ramadan Start in 2012?

The Islamic Calendar website Godweb says Ramadan in 2012 will start July 20th. Time and Date (which is where I found this beautiful photo) agrees.

Sometimes it depends on the country where you are living. Wikipedia tells us this:

Many Muslims insist on the local physical sighting of the moon to mark the beginning of Ramadan, but others use the calculated time of the new moon or the Saudi Arabian declaration to determine the start of the month. Since the new moon is not in the same state at the same time globally, the beginning and ending dates of Ramadan depend on what lunar sightings are received in each respective location. As a result, Ramadan dates vary in different countries, but usually only by a day. This is due to the cycle of the moon. When one country sees the moon, mainly Saudi Arabia, the moon travels the same path all year round and that same moon seen in the east is then seen traveling towards the west. All the countries around the world see the moon within a 24 hour period once spotted by one country in the east.
Each year, Ramadan begins about eleven days earlier than in the previous year.[3] Astronomical projections that approximate the start of Ramadan are available.[4] It takes about 33 years for Ramadan to complete a twelve month move across the yearly calendar plus 5 days. As Ramadan March 28, 1990 to Ramadan March 22, 2023.

May 18, 2012 - Posted by | Cultural, ExPat Life, Ramadan, Saudi Arabia, Technical Issue


  1. where is this mosque. i like this beautiful photoand the date trees too

    Comment by hina | June 8, 2012 | Reply

  2. Hina, I don’t know where it is. I think it is in Canada.

    Comment by intlxpatr | June 15, 2012 | Reply

  3. Assalamu Aliykum.

    An announcement about starting Ramadan 2012 has been published on the Makkah Calendar Website. Following are the links of same.

    – Aman

    Comment by Aman | July 11, 2012 | Reply

  4. Thank you, Aman. I quote from the first reference:

    Important Announcement about starting Ramadan 2012 [Ramadan 1433] fasting

    North, South and Central America and some African countries should start Ramadan 2012 – Ramadan 1433 on Friday, 20th July 2012 whilst the rest of the world should start Ramadan 2012 – Ramadan 1433 on Saturday, 21st July 2012. Please click here to see the country list arranged according to these two dates. To understand why some countries should start Ramadan 2012 on 20th July 2012 and why others on 21st July, 2012 , please click here.

    If you go to that reference, you can click to see which date your country is likely to start fasting.

    Comment by intlxpatr | July 11, 2012 | Reply

  5. IL Start When The moon is sighted

    Comment by saeed Al-Ghamdih | July 31, 2012 | Reply

  6. Saeed, I understand that now astronomical calculations also suffice, so that countries covered by clouds, etc. can start according to the clock, isn’t that true?

    Comment by intlxpatr | July 31, 2012 | Reply

  7. Assalam Aliykum,

    Makkah Calendar has published detailed announcement about celebrating Eid Al Fitr 2012. Below are the links for the same.

    Eid Al Fitr 2012
    Eid Al Fitr 2012 – Which country should celebrate when?
    Eid Al Fitr 2012 – Why on 19-August-2012?
    Eid Al Fitr 2012 – Date?

    – Aman

    Comment by Aman | August 8, 2012 | Reply

  8. Thank you, Aman.

    Comment by intlxpatr | August 9, 2012 | Reply

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