Astronomers in the UAE have predicted that Ramadan and Eid Al Fitr will take place twice in 2030 taking place in both January and December.
Ramadan is observed using the lunar month which moves forward 10-11 days each year. And looking ahead, astronomers have been able to predict there will be two Ramadans by 2030.
The chief executive officer of the Dubai Astronomy Group Hassan Ahmed Al Hariri told Gulf News that this was a natural phenomenon.
“The solar calendar and the lunar calendar run separately from each other and are different. The solar one is fixed with the sun, while the lunar calendar is always 11 days shorter. So having two Ramadans is a natural result of having two different calendars,” Al Hariri said.
“Calendars were invented by humans so we could use it as a benchmark and to count the time. People should see the two Ramadans as a natural thing,” he said.
Ramadan is expected to start in early January 2030 with Eid Al Fitr a month after in early February. The second Ramadan for 2030 is then likely to start after Christmas in December.