Each year, scores of Muslims around the world turn their eyes to the night sky to spot the new crescent moon that marks the start of Ramadan – the holiest month in the Islamic Calendar. While there was much speculation that Ramadan would begin on Friday, May 26, according to a recent post by The Gulf Times the Islamic month of Sha’baan is slated to end on Friday, May 26, and the first day of Ramadan 1438 will commence on Saturday, May 27, based on astronomical calculations cited by prominent local astronomer Dr. Beshir Marzouk, and Qatar Calendar House Director Dr. Mohamed Al-Ansari.
As families across Qatar begin preparations for the Holy Month, The Peninsula Qatar reports that prices on 418 consumer goods have been reduced starting from yesterday, and that the promotion will continue throughout the duration of Ramadan. The price reduction comes in collaboration with major hypermarkets throughout the country in an effort to make staple commodities such as flours, sugar, rice, oil, pasta, milk and others affordable and accessible to all during the Holy Month.
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