Ramadan 2020: When is Ramadan?

The Dates and Meaning of Ramadan

January 6, 2020

When does Ramadan 2020 begin and end? See Ramadan dates—and learn more about how Ramadan is observed.

What is Ramadan?

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. It is considered a holy month that honors the time when Allah, via the angel Gabriel, revealed the first verses of the Qur’an, the holy book of Islam, to a caravan trader named Muhammad.

Beginning at puberty, all Muslims (with certain exceptions, such as if one is ill, traveling, pregnant, elderly, etc.) take part in the month-long sunrise-to-sunset fast that is the hallmark of Ramadan. Muslims believe that fasting cleanses the body, and the practice reminds them of the suffering of the poor.

Eating and drinking (including water) is prohibited from sunrise to sunset, and the day’s abstinence is offset by a pre-dawn meal called sehri and a nightly meal known as iftar. For iftar, many traditionally break the fast by first eating dates, as the Prophet Muhammad is believed to have done to break his fast. Foods traditionally served at iftar vary; one such dish is the Kurdish Hot-and-Spicy Red-Lentil Soup. Food is often shared with a poor family during Ramadan.

At the end of the 29- or 30-day fast (depending on the length of the lunar cycle) is Eid al-Fitr (Festival of Breaking the Fast), when there is much feasting and celebration.

When is Ramadan? 

Ramadan 2020 is expected to begin on Thursday evening, 23rd April, 2020 (according to Saudi Arabia) and will end on Saturday, 23rd May, 2020. The exact timing is based on the sighting of the Moon.

Specifically, Ramadan is said to begin at the first observance of the new crescent Moon (or on a date pre-determined by astronomical calculation). The dates listed below are based on the astronomical calculation, so may differ slightly from those seen elsewhere.

Year First Evening of Ramadan (fasting begins at dawn next day) Eid al-Fitr
2019 Sunday, May 5 evening Monday, June 3 evening
2020 Thursday, April 23 evening Saturday, May 23 evening
2021 Monday, April 12 evening Wednesday, May 12 evening

(Dates are according to The Fiqh Council of North America and reflect North American regions.)

If you observe Ramadan, please share your traditions below!


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Thank you for your effort in explaining Ramadan, I actually appreciate your effort. but there are a few discrepancies in your article.

Muslims begin fasting at puberty so it could be at the age of 12 or the age of17 depending on when you started puberty.

We start fasting at sunrise and break our fast at sunset- usually starting with a few dates as our Prophet did- Peace be upon Him and all Prophets.
We don't all eat Kurdish food, I for one have never had that type of soup (although it sounds delicious) but logic dictates that you don't eat spicy foods to break your fast.
Finally, Ramadan could be either 29 or 30 days depending on the cycle of the moon.

I hope you take these facts into consideration, and amend the article.

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Thank you for your feedback! We appreciate your suggestions and, after researching further, have revised the article concerning these points.

Ramadan 2017 Saturday May 27th

I would like to point out that Ramadan doesn't begin at sunset. Fasting for Ramadan 2017 begins at dawn on the 27th (allah a3lam), God knows best. Usually people eat a small meal called Suhhur before that time, to keep them going the rest of the day until Maghreb, sunset when they can break their fast again.


Thank you for your feedback! We have updated the table so that is clearer when fasting begins.


Peace be upon the prophets and praise be to Creator of All Religions and existence. Is it MERCY to Circumcise 7-10 year old Children without Anesthesia ?

May Allah incentive for

May Allah incentive for sharing such kind of information of Islam that is also attractive knowledge of people and their practice for looking for right path of Islam. dawateislami.net/

bhen k lodho mulloo

tumeri maa chodh doo mullo land par bhithoo sab ko modi tumri maaa jarur chodegaaa,,,,2019 mai

No intelligent being, not

No intelligent being, not even angels, know about the exact time of occurrence of any events in the universe except Allah (Azza-wa-jal). In other words, Allah (Azza-wa-jal) is the creator of “time” and only he knows about the date and the time of every affair in the universe.
To announce the beginning of Ramadan and the end day of Ramadan based on calculation and prediction is BEDDAH. Koolo Beddah fee Zalahal and Koolo Zalaalah fe Naar.
To be uncertain about the beginning of Ramadan and to be uncertain about the day of Eid is part of the Islamic faith. There is wisdom in attempting to sight the Moon. Books can be written about the wisdom of this subject.

Those who violate this important issue of seeking to sight moon, which is an important Sunnat of Rasaul, may fall into the class of Monaa-feqeen. The worst and the lowest section of Jahannam are reserved for this class of deviate people.

Come on man....

idk why ppl are this desperate for attention, its only an estimation...why go all serious on it ,can't u not see that ramadhan for the next year goes back by roughly 11-10-9 days.

Is this timetable applicable

Is this timetable applicable for every part of the world?

Worldwide Timetable

This timetable is only applicable to North America.


As Muslim we fast for 29-30 day depending on the cycle of the moon. The fast provides many benefits, 1. we are serving Allah (the G'd) 2. if we were not praying we are praying more 3. Satan is locked up and the gates of heaven are opened, this happens inside each individual who fast the devil inside of us is chained up by reading the Holy Quran daily and praying 5 times a day. When tis happens we are getting closer to living the way that G'd wants us to live. It is truly a blessed month for the Muslim as well as the non Muslim.

ramadam dry fast

Im not Israel/ Muslim But a Catolic.As of now are 03/2017 ive and ongoing undertake a soft dry fasting from the first sunrise to sunset since march-1-2017 till april-16-2017 cause ive knew march-1 through april-15-2017 Are Lent Holly days.So read thru comments here are gave me more knowleged of this sacred months for anyones who had lost their purpose in life and seeks god guidace like me.

istakbala Ramadan

Pray fast do good things help every body

Ramadan date for Shia and Sunni brothers

I wanted to know what is the date for ramadan for shia brothers and sunni brothers. Is there any change for the two or the date will be same for all.


The date for the begining of Ramzan in Saudi Arabia is June 7, 2016.And regarding your query-the date is same for Shi'a and Sunni sect. While it is different for Ismail'I Muslims that is three days before.
Hope the question is answered.

I lost my younger brother in Newark, New Jersey since2008

Still asking where was he buried?

Ramadhan In June

India's Eid-ul-Fitr festival starts on the first day of the month of Shawwal (or Shawwl). Many Muslims attend communal prayers and listen to a sermon at Eid al-Fitr. Those have not given the charity known as zakat al-fitr during Ramadan do so during Eid al-Fitr. Zakat al-fitr consisting of a quantity of food, such as barley, dates, raisins or wheat flour, or its monetary equivalent given to poor people in the community.

Ramadan in June

Please tell me how faithful Muslims observe Ramadan if they live and are working in the Far North regions above the Arctic Circle when Ramadan month happens to occur during the northern summer. Same if they are in way south of South America or working in Antarctica when Ramadan happens in December. It is the very same sun. But, I and my brother have lived "North of 60 degrees" and far enough up you see the sun with NO sunset or night for up to 3 whole months. NO SUNSET to let you have a meal each day. Or, do Muslim folks only stay within day-night zones from the Equator and regard the polar regions as not part of the REAL planet Earth that Allah created for all? Winter can be up to 3 whole months and NO sun shining above horizon. Could it be a slight issue not known to a caravan trader in Arabia when he designed the special month? How about the indigenous people who have lived in polar regions for thousands of years? Are they not meant to partake of Ramadan and what Islam offers them? I am not being nasty. Just an old man wondering and looking for answers to reality...

Ramadan in June

@Robert: I used to have a co-worker whose husband was an observant Muslim, and he traveled a lot for work. When he had a summer assignment in Scandinavia, it was a great hardship for him to eat and drink enough to keep him h ealthy during the short hours of darkness; he used to call his wife so she'd talk to him and help him stay awake while he drank bottle after bottle of water.

So that's what one observant Muslim did in a place where the darkness was short. I don't know what happens where the darkness is nonexistent!

Hi robert,

Hi robert,
i have only one answer ,it is the belief that makes us to do it,God say fast in ramadan and we obey and do it,we cannot go into depth of how the weather would be in order to carry out the duties of Allah(God),is has been prescribed as such just how a doctor prescribed a tablet for our cure we cannot set our own inclination to alter it.In tunisia people are fasting in summer with a 48 degrees or more on their heads.....the flip side of it in uk ,in winter the days are short and the fasting is too easily ,shoild we not be grateful for that.We muslims follow a lunar calendar sio it is all good and in the accordance how Allah decree it.

Ramadan in June

Hi Robert,
I was looking for when Ramadan will be in 2016 and found your question sitting here. It is an interesting question and I am glad you asked it. Muslims who live in the areas which you described have a choice. If there is an actual sunset and sunrise (such as some areas in northern Europe) they may follow those timings for their fast (however difficult it is, many do choose to do this). Thankfully, there are other options for them that are easier. The first is to follow the timing of those who fast in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. The summer days are long there as well, but there is a good amount of time after sunset for eating, drinking, praying, etc. The other option that some Muslims choose is to follow the timing of a nearby location (city or country) that has a sunset, sunrise and time for eating, etc.
Muslims believe that God does not test a soul more than it can bear and that He is a merciful God. The fast was prescribed as a purification, not torture so these options are available to those who fast. Also, if someone is sick or travelling, the fast can be broken and the days "made up" later. You made an excellent point that God created the ENTIRE earth and man is encouraged to travel and get to know other nations and tribes. I would love to see that part of the world one day! I hope that my response answers some of your questions. Have a great day!

Hi. When this happens, you

Hi. When this happens, you just fast according to the timings of the nearest "normal" country. You can also use the timings of another country if you are fasting 22-23 hours or so, because it's extremely hard not to eat for that long.

Your question

When someone is in a place like northern Alaska or other northern parts of the world they have to follow the times of the nearest Muslim majority country with "normal times" basically, take the time from fajr to margib from the nearest Muslim majority country to you and follow their fasting time.This was put into place because of the places in the world that can litterly have a "day" last 3 months.

I'm just curious if you ever

I'm just curious if you ever found the answer to your question about Ramdan when the sun does not set where you live. It was a very valid question and I also would like to hear the responses that you've received

Salaamualaikum, I am a Muslim

Salaamualaikum, I am a Muslim living in Tennessee. I am celebrating Ramadan but do not know the hours of dawn or sunset. I work nights so my times are off but I stop partakingearly begin late to stay within the time constraints. Does anyone know the actual times? Thank you and may Allah grant you peace and discipline throughout this blessed month.

Ramadan prayer timing

As'salaamu alaikum Tenisha, I just came on this site today for the first time and noticed your question was never answered. I hope you had found the answer. I'll reply here anyways so that others may benefit as well. It's best to go to your local mosque for the prayer timing and eid days announcement. Fortunately, many mosques these days have their website so you can find the information there or contact number to call them. If there is none near by then islamicfinder.org is a good resource to go to for such information.

Ramadan fasting times

Islamicfinder.org is an excellent site to answer all your question.

Ramadan prayer times

this site: islamicfinder (dot) org will give you the prayer times for your zip code. Just enter your zip code and it will give youi links to surrounding Muslim places.

Ramadan Mubarak.

Salaamualaikum, I am a Muslim

Salaamualaikum, I am a Muslim living in Tennessee. I am celebrating Ramadan but do not know the hours of dawn or sunset. I work nights so my times are off but I stop partakingearly begin late to stay within the time constraints. Does anyone know the actual times? Thank you and may Allah grant you peace and discipline throughout this blessed month.