What does the word “Ramadan” mean?
Ramadan is the name of the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. The original meaning of the word was “scorching heat”.
Does the month of Ramadan commemorate anything?
The month of Ramadan is when the first verses of the Quran were revealed. Note: The entire Quran was revealed over a period of about 23 years, starting in 610 CE and ending in 632 CE.
What day in 2011 does the beginning of Ramadan take place? How long?
Predicted to take place July 31 / August 1, 2011 thru August 31
Why do you say Ramadan is “predicted” to start on a certain date?
As I mentioned above, each month in the Islamic calendar starts with the sighting of the new crescent moon. Scientific calculations can pinpoint exactly when the astronomical new moon occurs, and can predict with some accuracy when the first crescent will be visible after this, but there are many factors that can complicate this, such as the weather. For this reason, and so that even ordinary Muslims who are not astronomers can take part, the rule is that the new crescent moon must be sighted by human observers. And we don’t know exactly when it will appear until it’s seen.
Do business and government offices close during Ramadan?
Its typically business as usual for businesses, government offices, and markets however operating hours may become shorter in the day.