Ramadan 2023 Moon Sighting Time in India: Here's when you can spot the crescent moon, iftar timings
Ramadan 2023: This year, Ramadan in India is expected to begin on Wednesday, March 22, 2023. Find out when you can spot the crescent moon and iftar timings.
Ramadan - also known as Ramzan, Ramazan or Ramzaan - is the holiest month in Islam. It is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is celebrated by Muslims with much pomp and grandeur. During this period, Muslims abstain from eating, drinking, smoking, and evil thoughts and action from dawn until sunset. Additionally, followers of Islam keep a fast between dawn and sunset, pray for peace and guidance, give back to the community in the form of charity, and engage in humanitarian activities. The fast is then broken with family and friends coming together and eating a meal called Iftar.
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When can you spot the crescent moon in India?
According to Crescent Moon Watch, Ramadan's new moon will begin on March 21 at 17:23 GMT (8:23 pm Mecca time), with no sightings of any type being expected that night, Al Jazeera reported. Today, the moon is expected to rise at 6:49 am, and it will set at 7:19 pm, according to Time and Date.
Additionally, the new moon could possibly be seen without optical aid if the skies are clear across Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Iran, Pakistan and South Africa. If the moon is sighted, the first fasting day of Ramadan will also be March 23. If not, then the first day of fasting will be March 24.
State wise list of Iftar timings:
Mumbai- 05:33 am to 06:49 pm
Delhi- 05:11 am to 06:32 pm
Chennai- 05:05 am to 06:20 pm
Hyderabad- 05:11 am to 06:29 pm
Bangalore-05:16 am to 06:34 pm
Ahmedabad- 05:33 am to 06:50 pm
Kolkata- 04:30 am to 05:47 pm
Pune- 05:29 am to 06:48 pm
Jaipur- 05:18 am to 06:39 pm
Lucknow- 04:57 am to 06:17 pm
Kanpur- 05:00 am to 06:20 pm
Indore- 05:20 am to 06:40 pm
Patna- 04:41 am to 06:00 pm
Chandigarh- 05:11 am to 06:35 pm
Meanwhile, the people who follow Islam observe fasts during Ramadan to purify their souls and increase their devotion to Allah. It is a time for self-reflection and spiritual growth. Muslims also spend more time in prayer and reading the Quran during this month. Many mosques offer additional services during Ramadan, including Taraweeh prayers, which are special nightly prayers that are longer than the usual daily prayers.