The sighting of the moon marks the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan 2019 or Ramzan. The Ramadan crescent moon is sighted in Saudi Arabia on May 5 (Sunday) which means the holy month will begin on May 6 (Monday). The sighting of the moon was confirmed by the astronomy observers in Hautat Sudair, Saudi Arabia.

Saudi News official Twitter handle took to micro-blogging site Twitter to announce the news and wrote, “Ramadan crescent sighted at Tumair Observatory in Saudi Arabia. Monday is the first day of Ramadan. #Ramadan #SaudiArabia.”

The Ramadan Moon Sighting Committee met on Sunday after Maghreb prayers to make the official announcement after the crescent moon was sighted in the country. Qatar in a separate statement announced the first day of Ramzan in the country and they will observe the first day of fasting on Monday. Muslims in the United States, the United Kingdom and other European countries follow Saudi Arabia moon reports.

Taraweeh or the special Ramadan prayers will begin from today in Saudi Arabia post the Isha namaz and the first fast will be observed tomorrow.

In India this year, Ramadan is will begin from May 7, as per the sighting of the crescent moon. Depending on the moon cycle, the period will last 29 or 30 days which means that the holy month will draw to a close on June 4 or June 5. Muslims all over the world will be observing a fast from dawn to dusk during these 29 or 30 days of Ramadan. However, Muslims in Kerala to begin the Ramadan 2019 fasting from May 6 (Monday) ahead of rest of India. ANI tweeted that month of Ramzan will be observed from May 6 (Monday) in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts of Karnataka. District Qazi Twaka Ahmad Musliyar announced the sighting of moon at Kappad Beach in Kozhikode (Kerala) on Sunday evening.

Ramadan or Ramzan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar when Muslims abstain from food and water from sunrise to sunset and join mass prayers at mosques. Eid-ul-Fitr marks the end of Ramzan. This annual observance is regarded as one of the five pillars of Islam.