Ramazan – the Holy month of Muslims has begun and many countries are set to fast with shorter hours while some with longest hours than the past year.
The commencement of Ramazan is determined by the lunar cycle every year and its timing shifts in relation to the Western calendar worldwide each year. For the aforementioned reason, Muslims is some parts of the world face the longest fasting hours while others face the shortest ones.
As usual, Muslims in Iceland are looking at the longest fasting days at 20 fasting hours, while those in Argentina are set for a shorter fast at 11 hours.
Fasting is compulsory for any sane and healthy Muslim who is not pregnant or travelling. Those who fast are not allowed to eat, drink, smoke, or have sex from sunrise to sunset during the month.
In recent years, Ramadan has moved increasingly into the summer months which bring long days in the northern hemisphere and sweltering heat for many countries. Conversely, Ramazan has fallen on the shortest, winter days in the southern hemisphere.