Ramzan 2020: Longest and Shortest Fasting Times Around the World

The shortest duration of the fast this year is 11.5 hours while the longest is 20 hours. 

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Remember, Ramzan is much more than fasting for a few hours a day. Follow social distancing this Ramzan, dear Muslims. Image used for representation.

The holy month of Ramzan or Ramadan has begun. It is of great significance for the Islamic community across the world. Ramzan, which lasts a whole moon cycle, is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar.

Muslims all over the world keep Roza, a holy fast from sunrise till sunset. They eat a meal early in the morning called “Sehri” and conclude their fast with “Iftar”, an evening meal.

Because the sun rises and sets a little earlier (or a little later) each day, fasting hours in Ramadan also change by a few minutes throughout the month.

Last year, the minimum duration of the fast was 11 hours but went up to 20 hours, depending on the location. And this year, similar durations will be seen.

By the end of the month, each day will be a little longer than at the beginning in some countries and shorter in others.

Below are estimates of the number of fasting hours in cities around the world. Actual fasting hours and times will vary by day:

(With inputs from Aljazeera)

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