18 June 2015

Muslims worldwide to mark the start of Ramadan on Thursday

Indonesian Muslim children carry torches during a parade marking Ramadan in Jakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday, June 16, 2015. Ramadan, the holy fasting month, is expected to begin on Thursday June, 18. Indonesia is the world's most populous Muslim nation.
Muslims around the world will mark the start of Ramadan on Thursday, a month of intense prayer, dawn-to-dusk fasting and nightly feasts.
Muslims follow a lunar calendar and a moon-sighting methodology that can lead to different countries declaring the start of Ramadan a day or two apart. However, this year religious authorities in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Iran, Indonesia and most other parts of the world announced based on their sightings of the moon that daily fasting would begin Thursday.