Eid holidays to start from August 19

Ramadan may begin on July 21

A UAE astronomer has forecast the Muslim's fasting month of Ramadan might start on Saturday, July 21, and the Eid Al Fitr is likely to be on August 19.

Ibrahim Al Jarwan, Astronomy Researcher and Supervisor of Sharjah Planetarium, said that the birth of the crescent moon will be on Thursday,  July 19, 2012, at 8:24 am (UAE time), and the sunset will be at 5:09 pm, while the moon will set two minutes after sunset.

''The crescent moon of Shawwal 1433 will be born on Friday August 17, 2012, at 5:54 pm local time, and the sunset will be at 6:49 pm same day," he added.

Al Jarwan said sighting the crescent would be impossible on Thursday night, but it would be visible on Friday night.

Therefore Saturday, July 21 would be the first day of Ramadan, he anticipated.

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