Ramazan begins on Wednesday

Tomorrow is the first day of Ramazan and will begin the month of fasting, with Muslims abstaining from eating, drinking and sexual activity from dawn until sunset.

During Ramazan, Muslims ask forgiveness for past sins, pray for guidance and help in refraining from everyday evils, and try to purify themselves through self-restraint and good deeds.

The date is derived each year from phases of the moon, moving backwards an average of 10 days every year.

“Today the sun will set at 6.21pm and the moon will set 12 minutes later at 6.33pm. On average for all islands of Maldives, the moon will set 14 minutes after the sunset. However, as the sunsets the moon will also be vertically at the same level, thus the chances of moon being visible are very small,” reported Haveeru.

A ceremony was held at the Ministry of Islamic Affairs to announce this year’s Ramazan.