How is the date for the end of Ramadan set?

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How is the date for the end of Ramadan set?




L'ANTISECHE - Politics, sport, geography, science, history ... Every day, we wonder about an essential concept to understand current events, even if it is a question that we do not necessarily dare to ask ... Find our cheat sheet every evening in our newsletter the Journal of tomorrow. It's a healthy month for all Muslims, every year for Muslims, but how do you determine when Ramadan ends?


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L’ANTISECHE – Politics, sport, geography, science, history … Every day, we wonder about an essential concept to understand current events, even if it is a question that we do not necessarily dare to ask … Find our cheat sheet every evening in our newsletter the Journal of tomorrow. It’s a healthy month for all Muslims, every year for Muslims, but how do you determine when Ramadan ends?


This year, Ramadan ended on May 24, with the celebrations of Eid al-Fitr, in a context marked by the coronavirus epidemic. But how do we set the end date of this month of celebration for Muslims? Each year, the French Council for Muslim Worship and the institutions of Islam meet at the Grand Mosque in Paris for one night, called “night of doubt”, a moment of reflection and observation of the sky.

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A moment of celebration

The fast can only cease when the first quarter of the moon of the following month (called “chawwal”) appears. The official end of Ramadan is above all a time of celebration for all Muslims. Eid al-Fitr means “little feast”, as opposed to Eid al-Kebir, the “big feast”. The faithful must come together and wish each other their best wishes: “Eid Mubarak!”

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