Expected Ramadan dates announced for 2020

The holy month of Ramadan is likely to begin on Friday, April 24, 2020, according to the General Supervisor of Sharjah Planetarium.

Using astronomical calculations, it’s predicted that the crescent of Ramadan will appear on Thursday, April 23 during sunset.

The Shawwal crescent is, therefore, due to appear on Friday, May 22.

This, in turn, means that the Dhul Hijjah month will begin on July 22 with Eid Al Adha falling on Friday, July 31.

Lunar calendar

As the Hijri calendar depends on the moon, the exact dates for Ramadan 2020 can alter according to weather conditions and actual moon sightings.

Ebrahim Al Jarwan, General Supervisor at Sharjah Planetarium, explains the science behind the dates.

“Weather conditions in the western region will be favourable to witness the new crescent moon on the night of April 23. So the first day of Ramadan will be observed the next day, on April 24,” he said.

“The new moon for the month of Shawwal 1441H will be on May 22 after sunset. But it will not be visible to the naked eye. So according to my calculations, we will be able to see the new moon in the UAE on Saturday, May 23. This means that the first day of Eid Al Fitr will fall on May 24, on a Sunday,” he said.

Ramadan last year began on May 6.