Ramadan 2023 in India: Read on for dates, fasting rules and roza timings
One of the holiest months in Islam is just around the corner. The ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, Ramadan 2023 is expected to start on the evening of March 22 and conclude on the evening of April 21. However, the exact date depends on the sighting of the moon.
Ramadan is commemorated by Muslims around the world. During this time, people observe a month-long period of fasting, charitable giving, and spiritual reflection. The month serves as a reminder of the importance of social as well as spiritual values in their lives.
Muslims across the globe fast during Ramadan from dawn till sunset, avoiding food, drink, smoking, and sexual activity. Fasting during the holy month is considered one of the Five Pillars of Islam, with the other four being pilgrimage to Mecca, charity, declaration of faith, and prayer.
Each day, the fast is broken at sunset with a meal called iftar. A number of Muslims are known to gather with friends and family to break their fast together. The end of the holy month is celebrated with a joyous festival of feasting and thanksgiving called Eid al-Fitr.
Frequently Asked Questions on Ramadan
- What is the difference between Ramadan and Eid?
While Ramadan marks the month of fasting, Eid al-Fitr marks the conclusion of Ramadan.
- How long will the fasting period be this year?
While fasting lasts from dawn till sunset, the location is also potentially important. This year, the fasting period is likely to last around 12 to 18 hours, depending on the region.
- How beneficial is Ramadan fasting?
Fasting during the holy month comes with numerous physical as well as spiritual benefits. Among health benefits, reduced inflammation and improved blood sugar control are the most prominent ones. But it’s better to consult a doctor before fasting.