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Awal Ramadan

Awal Ramadan 2021, 2022 and 2023

The first day of Ramadan, the “beginning” or “awal” of Ramadan, is a public holiday in the Malaysian states of Johor, Malacca, and Kedah.

YearDateDayHolidayStates
202113 AprTueAwal Ramadan Johor, Kedah & Melaka
20223 AprSunAwal Ramadan Johor, Kedah & Melaka
202323 MarThuAwal Ramadan Johor, Kedah & Melaka
202412 MarTueAwal Ramadan Johor, Kedah & Melaka
Please scroll down to end of page for previous years' dates.

On Awal Muharram, Muslims in Malaysia attend mosque and start a month of fasting between sunrise and sunset. Ramadan is considered the holiest of Islamic months as the Koran first began to be revealed to Mohammad during this month.

Ramadan’s date will change by about 11 days per year on the Gregorian Calendar since the Islamic Calendar is lunar-based. And it officially begins when a moon-sighting committee declares the new moon and new month.

Awal Ramadan is the start of very intense time for Malaysian Muslims, but many look forward to it more than any other time of year.

Previous Years

YearDateDayHolidayStates
202024 AprFriAwal Ramadan Johor, Kedah & Melaka
26 AprSunAwal Ramadan Holiday Johor & Kedah
20196 MayMonAwal Ramadan Johor, Kedah & Melaka
201817 MayThuAwal Ramadan Johor, Kedah & Melaka
201727 MaySatAwal Ramadan Johor, Kedah & Melaka
28 MaySunAwal Ramadan Holiday Johor & Kedah