Sighting a crescent moon heralds the start of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. (Photo: Shutterstock)
Staff writer, Al Arabiya EnglishThursday, 25 May 2017
Saudi Arabia's Supreme Court said on Thursday that Saturday May 27 is the first day of Ramadan.
On Thursday, Saudi was not able to sight Ramadan's crescent.
Muslims follow a lunar calendar consisting of 12 months in a year of 354 or 355 days. Sighting a crescent moon heralds the start of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar.
It is expected that Ramadan to start on Saturday.
More than 1.5 billion Muslims around the world will mark the month, during which believers abstain from eating, drinking, smoking and having martial relations from dawn until sunset.
They also try to avoid evil thoughts and deeds.
Ramadan is sacred to Muslims because tradition says the Koran was revealed to their prophet Mohammed during that month. Fasting the month of Ramadan is also one of the five pillars of Islam.
It is followed by the Eid al-Fitr festival.