Ramadan beginning in United Kingdom, for the years 2016, 2017 and 2018.
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Determining the Beginning of Ramadan
Ramadan is the holiest month of the year for Muslims around the World and is is observed as a time of fasting, religious observance and many festivals that are marked as Islamic Holidays. Ramadhan, or Ramzan as it is often known changes each year to remain in line with the sighting of the New Moon that marks the start of the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. Although part of the Islamic Holidays calendar, Ramadhan is not a national holiday in the UK or many other countries in Europe and North America.
Why is Ramzan different in countries around the World
Ramadan is based upon the calendar that includes all the major Islamic Holidays, the problem for those observing Ramadhan in different countries is the fact the new Moon is seen at different times around the World. Ramzan is therefore started at different times of the year in various countries when the new moon marking the start of the ninth month is seen. The holiest month in the calendar, many Islamic Holidays are observed during this period, with Ramadan seeing the majority of followers of the Muslim faith adjusting their lifestyles during this month in a bid to observe Ramzan successfully.
Origins of Ramadhan
Ramadhan is perhaps the most important month in the calendar of Islamic Holidays. The month of Ramadan is said to mark the time when the Prophet Muhammad was given the Quran. Starting with the Ramzan beginning the entire Quran is often read during Ramadan as an important part of the Islamic Holidays. Ramzan also sees the majority of followers of the Muslim faith fasting during the hours of daylight and attending nightly prayer meeetings. This usually means a large number of the feasts and festivals of Ramadhan are celebrated at night.