Chularatchamontri urges Muslims to seek the new moon for the start of Ramadan


BANGKOK, 23 June 2014 –The Chularatchamontri also known as the Sheikhul Islam Office has announced that all Thai Muslims should look for the new moon on Friday, June 27th, 2014 after sunset, to establish the first day of the month of Ramadan of the 1435th Hijri calendar year (Islamic Calendar). Should any person see the moon on the mentioned date, they are asked to call the Provincial Islamic Committee for further inspection so that the moon sighting can be reported to the Chularatchamontri for a declaration of the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan.

During Ramadan, Muslims are forbidden to eat, drink, smoke or be sexually active during daylight hours. The daily fast traditionally begins with prayers and a large breakfast before dawn, and ends with prayers and a dinner celebration after sunset.