No moon, no Ramadan

SEARCH FOR THE CRESCENT MOON. Filipino Muslims nationwide look for the crescent moon. If the crescent moon is seen tonight, Ramadan begins on July 9.

On July 8, about 10 million Filipino Muslims looked to the skies for the crescent moon, which marks the start of a new month in the lunar calendar. Originally expected on Monday night – so it could usher the Ramadan on July 9 – the crescent moon wasn’t visible. This means the Muslim faithful will start their month-long fast, the Ramadan, on Wednesday, July 10, as declared by the mufti or Muslim scholars. Considered as one of the greatest religious observances in Islam, Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic lunar calendar or Hijrah. The calendar has 12 months that follow the phases of the moon.

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