Muslims in Turkey and the TRNC are set to begin fasting on June 18 (at sunrise tomorrow) for the holy month of Ramadan, when most of the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims abstain from food and water from sunrise to sunset.
While Ramadan starts for many Turks on June 18, the first day of the fasting differs in several Arab and African nations, which will start their fasting after the new moon is sighted. Sighting the new crescent moon is essential for the start of any month in the Islamic lunar calendar. It will last until the 16th of July (arife), which is the last day; the Bayram period will begin on the 17th of July and last three days.
Fasting, held from sunrise to sunset during Ramadan, is one of the Five Pillars (fundamental religious duties) of Islam. During Ramadan, which will continue for 30 days, Muslims must abstain from food, drink and smoking from sunrise to sunset.
The TC Religious Affairs Department released the times of sunrise and sunset for fasting.