UAE announces a 6-day break for Eid Al Fitr; likely Ramadan 2024 dates revealed

Asma Ahmed - | UAE

The commencement of the holy month of Ramadan and the celebration of the festival of Eid al-Fitr are contingent upon the sighting of the crescent moon.

According to recent astronomical calculations, Ramadan is expected to commence on Tuesday, March 12, and last for a full 30 days, potentially resulting in a six-day holiday for residents to observe Eid al-Fitr.

Traditionally, the start and end dates of Islamic months are determined by the sighting of the crescent moon in the Islamic Hijri calendar. The visibility of the new moon typically marks the beginning of a new lunar month, while the sighting of the next crescent moon indicates the end of the month.

If the crescent moon is spotted on March 11, the first day of Ramadan might be observed on March 10, and the UAE's moon sighting committee is expected to meet on March 10. If not, March 12 will be officially set as the beginning of the month.

As per astronomical calculations, Ramadan is projected to last 30 days, with Ramadan 30 falling on Wednesday, April 10. Accordingly, residents can anticipate a break from Ramadan 29 until Shawwal 3 to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, translating to a six-day holiday from Tuesday, April 9, to Saturday, April 13.

Concerns have been raised about the impact of a total solar eclipse occurring on April 8 on the visibility conditions for moon sightings. While the eclipse itself may not directly affect moon sightings for Eid, it could influence visibility in certain areas, potentially making the crescent moon harder to see.

The weather in Dubai during March–April is expected to range from warm to hot, with temperatures increasing towards the end of Ramadan. Fasting hours in Dubai will start at approximately 13 hours and 45 minutes at the beginning of the month, gradually increasing to about 14 hours and 25 minutes by the end of Ramadan due to the changing length of the day.

Although astronomical calculations provide accurate estimates for planning purposes, the confirmed start of Ramadan is traditionally based on the physical sighting of the moon, aligning with or adjusting the predicted date based on human observation.

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