When is Ramadan 2024? Dubai Braces for a Unique Winter Holy Month
Dubai: As the Islamic world prepares for Ramadan 2024, Dubai’s residents are marking their calendars for what is expected to be a unique observance of the Holy Month, starting from Monday, March 11. This year’s Ramadan, significant for its winter occurrence, is bringing a fresh perspective to traditional practices.
Fasting and Reflection: Central to Ramadan is the practice of fasting from dawn until dusk, a discipline followed by Muslims to deepen their spiritual and physical commitment to their faith. Lasting for 29 or 30 days, this period is a time for self-reflection and purification.
Astronomical Insights: The start date of Ramadan, predicted by eminent astronomers like Ibrahim Al Jarwan of the Emirates Astronomical Society, plays a crucial role in the religious preparations of the community. However, the final confirmation depends on the sighting of the moon.
Winter’s Impact: This year’s Ramadan falling in winter, a rarity in recent times, adds a unique element to the observance. The winter season impacts the length of daily fasts, differing from the usual longer summer days.
Eid al Fitr Celebrations: The end of Ramadan brings the joyous festival of Eid al Fitr, expected to fall on Wednesday, April 10, 2024. This celebration, marking the completion of fasting, could potentially lead to a six-day long weekend, filled with community festivities and feasting.
Determining Ramadan’s Start: The exact beginning of Ramadan is traditionally determined by the UAE’s Moon-sighting committee, who confirm the sighting of the Ramadan crescent. This process is steeped in tradition and holds great significance.
Lifestyle Adjustments: During Ramadan, Dubai adjusts its daily rhythm. Working hours are shortened, some restaurants close during daylight, and schools have reduced hours, reflecting respect for the fasting and spiritual contemplation.
As Dubai anticipates Ramadan 2024, the city prepares for a period of heightened religious devotion and community bonding, set against the backdrop of a rare winter season. This Holy Month is not just a time of fasting, but also a celebration of faith, culture, and togetherness.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]