The holy month of Ramadan, celebrated by Muslims will officially start on May 17, Thursday, in the Philippines and the rest the world.
Since the Islamic or Hijrah calendar is a lunar one, the first day of Ramadan is determined through moon sighting. Nonsighting of the moon would mean that Ramadan starts the following day.
In the Philippines, the Bangsamoro Grand Mufti of the Philippines, on Tuesday evening, announced that that Ramadhan 2018 starts Thursday, May 17.
Ramadan 2018 also officially starts Thursday in other countries like Malaysia, Brunei, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, among others.
Ramadan is celebrated by Muslims through month-long sacrificial and obligatory fasting, reciting the Qur-an (Islam’s holy book), performing ritual prayers called Taraweh every night, strengthening one’s faith, doing good deeds, among others.
It is the ninth (9th) month of the Islamic calendar. It usually lasts for 29 to 30 days. The end of Ramadan is likewise determined through moonsighting.