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Awal Ramadan

Awal Ramadan 2018 and 2019

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
201817 MayThuAwal Ramadan Johor, Kedah & Melaka
20196 MayMonAwal Ramadan Johor, Kedah & Melaka
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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.