How long does Ramadan last and what date does it finish in 2018?

Ramadan is well underway for 2018, and Muslims everywhere are practicing abstinence during daylight hours.

The period of fasting lasts a month and leads up to the celebration Eid al-Fitr, the day after Ramadan ends.

Muslims, who will be breaking fast , may well have big plans for festivities on Eid.

But when does it arrive this year? When is the end of Ramadan?

Ramadan is always between 29 and 30 days long.

But the date of Ramadan changes year by year because its timing is based on the lunar calendar, which is 11 days shorter than the Gregorian calendar we base our year on.

In 2018, Ramadan will last from Wednesday 16 May until Thursday 14 June.

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Eid al-Fitr follows on Friday 15 June this year.

During Ramadan, which ends at sunset on the final Thursday, Muslims do not eat, drink, have sex or smoke while the sun is up.

They also offer more prayers, contribute more money to the poor and regularly study the Qu’ran.

It’s thought that pious behaviour and good deeds can increase a Muslim’s spiritual reward, known as thawab, during this period.

There are some exemptions from fasting: you can eat and drink if you are suffering from an illness, travelling, are elderly, pregnant, breastfeeding, diabetic, chronically ill or menstruating.

When Eid arrives, the celebration marking the fact Ibrahim was willing to sacrifice his son Ishmael to show submission to Allah, the fast is broken for another year.

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