The month of Ramadan is considered the holiest and most sacred month of the Islamic Hijri (lunar) calendar. Muslims firmly believe that it was during this exalted month that the archangel Gabriel descended from the heavens and revealed the Message to the Prophet Muhammad.

During the month of Ramadan, Muslims are required to elevate their level of spiritual and physical submission to God by fasting; that is, they must abstain from eating, drinking, smoking and husband-wife intimacy from the breaking of dawn until the setting of the sun.

Here is our guide to your Ramadan in 2026, including the possible dates and celebrations.

Ramadan 2026 dates

The arrival of Ramadan has always been associated with a certain amount of mystique and contemplation. The exact date of the month’s beginning is traditionally determined by religious scholars/authorities under the cover of night as they seek to observe certain sightings related to the moon’s appearance and cycle.

It’s important to note, however, that due to the cycle of the moon, Ramadan dates vary in different countries, albeit typically only by a day. Thus, the answer to the question of when Ramadan 2026 starts would largely depend on where you live. So far, Ramadan 2026 is predicted to begin on 18 February 2026, corresponding to Ramadan 1447 in the Islamic calendar.

Ramadan 2026 is expected to last 30 days, which means that the Eid ul Fitr would most likely fall on Thursday, 19 March or Friday, 20 March 2026. These dates will naturally be confirmed as we move closer to Ramadan 2026.

Ramadan 2026 celebrations

Ramadan is a time when Muslims around the world seek blessings from the Almighty Creator. While the exact practices may vary, many Muslims choose to fast, recite the Quran, attend additional night prayers at the local mosque, and participate in other religious activities during this holy month.

In addition, acts of generosity and compassion towards others are highly encouraged, including donating to those in need within and outside their own communities.