The Holy Month of Ramadan is expected to start on 6 May, 2019 this year, while fasting hours are to go below 15 hours for the first time in four years, according to an expert in the GCC. “The new moon of the Holy Month of Ramadan will then be possibly seen on Monday, 6 May, 2019 as per the astronomical standards of moon sighting.”
However, the new moon of the month of Shawaal that falls after the Holy Month of Ramadan is expected to be sighted on Monday,3 June, 2019 at 1:02pm Kuwait time, he disclosed. “The new moon of the month of Eid Al Fitr is to disappear three minutes after sunset, while the first day of Shawwal is to fall on Wednesday, 5 June, 2019 as per the due standards of moon sighting.”
Fasting hours during the holy month of Ramadan are to be 13 hours and 10 minutes during the initial days of Ramadan and 13 hours and 40 minutes by the end of the holy month, he stated.
“Fasting hours from dawn and sunrise are expected to increase by 1.15 hours as the holy month progresses.