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Ramadan (also known as Ramadhan or Ramzan) is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar. It is a time when Muslims around the world focus on prayer, fasting, giving to charity, and religious devotion. The last third of Ramadan is a particularly holy period, as it commemorates when the Koran's (Qu'ran) first verses were revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (Mohammad or Muhammed).

Ramadan tipical food after fast
An Iftar table for breaking the fast in Ramadan.
An Iftar table for breaking the fast in Ramadan.
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WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday Type
SunJun 292014Ramadan startsPublic Holiday
ThuJun 182015Ramadan startsPublic Holiday
TueJun 72016Ramadan startsPublic Holiday
SatMay 272017Ramadan startsPublic Holiday
WedMay 162018Ramadan startsPublic Holiday
MonMay 62019Ramadan startsPublic Holiday
FriApr 242020Ramadan startsPublic Holiday

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Ramadan is a period of prayer, reflection and fasting for many Muslims worldwide. It is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar.

Ramadan starts 2017

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Ramadan starts 2018

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

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