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FROM THE POLES TO THE EQUATOR: THE VARYING DURATIONS OF RAMADAN FASTING AROUND THE WORLD

Ramadan fasting is a unique and diverse experience around the world, with the duration varying depending on location. Check out the varying durations of Ramadan fasting worldwide.

06.04.2023
BY MIA ROSMAYANTI
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Ramadan is a month of blessings and devotion for Muslims all around the world. It is a time when people come together to fast, pray, and reflect on their spiritual journey. But did you know that the duration of fasting varies depending on where you are in the world?


According to the Islamic lunar calendar, Ramadan lasts for 29 or 30 days. During this month, Muslims fast from dawn to dusk, abstaining from food, drink, and other physical needs. However, the length of the fasting period can vary depending on the location and time of year.


The longest fast duration during Ramadan is observed in countries located closer to the poles. These countries experience longer daylight hours, resulting in a longer period of fasting. For example, in Iceland, the fasting period can last up to 22 hours, while in Norway and Sweden, it can last for up to 20 hours.


On the other hand, the shortest fasting duration is observed in countries located closer to the equator. These countries experience shorter daylight hours, resulting in a shorter period of fasting. For example, in Indonesia and Malaysia, the fasting period can last for as little as 12 hours.


Despite the varying duration of fasting, the essence of Ramadan remains the same. It is a time for Muslims to connect with their faith, seek forgiveness, and help those in need. Fasting during Ramadan is also a way to purify the body and soul and develop self-discipline.


Moreover, the month of Ramadan is not just about fasting. Muslims also engage in additional acts of worship during this month, such as reciting the Quran, performing Tarawih prayers, giving charity, and seeking forgiveness. It is a time for self-reflection and personal growth.

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