The full moon of May, also called the Flower Moon, will occur on May 18, at 5:11 p.m. EDT (2111 GMT). This full moon will also be a "Blue Moon" by one definition of the term — an extra full moon in a season. Often, a Blue Moon refers to a second full moon in a month. As it happens, that usage is relatively recent, according to Donald Olson, Richard Fienberg and Roger Sinnott, writing in Sky & Telescope. They noted that the older editions of the Maine Farmers' Almanac counted the year from one winter solstice to the next. This is called the tropical year. Most tropical years contain 12 full moons, three per season. Seasons are counted between the winter solstice, spring equinox, summer solstice and fall equinox. Occasionally, there will be 13 of them, with four falling in a season (for example, the period between the winter solstice, or Yule, and the spring equinox). That fourth moon is the Blue Moon. Related: 2019 Full Moon Calendar Space Launch Calendar 2019: Sky Events, … [Read more...] about How to see May’s full ‘blue flower moon’
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Iranians are preparing for the holy month of Ramadan, in which Muslims fast from dawn to dusk. However, US sanctions have pushed up food prices, making the elaborate evening meals that break their fast an expensive business, when even staples have skyrocketed in price since last year. Iran's already ailing economy received yet another blow when the US announced last month that it would not renew waivers allowing several countries to continue to import Iranian oil. The national currency, the rial, has been plummeting against the dollar. Shoppers on Sunday at the capital Tehran's Grand Bazaar buying food to prepare for suhoor and iftar, – the meals eaten before sunrise and after sunset respectively during Ramadan – said that prices were becoming unmanageable. The lively neighbourhood iftar feasts seen in other Muslim countries are not customary in Iran, but the evening meal is a larger and more festive affair than usual, even if it just shared among family at home. Dates … [Read more...] about Watch: Iranians prepare for Ramadan amid US sanctions
Lori Higgins Chalkbeat Detroit Published 8:00 AM EDT Apr 20, 2019 For the first time in its history, the Detroit school district will recognize a Muslim holiday. The school board has adopted the calendar for the 2019-20 school year that includes a day off May 25, 2020, in observance of Eid al-Fitr, the holiday that marks the end of Ramadan. The day of observance was among the highlights of the new calendar, which also includes an early start to the school year, more teacher training days, a shorter mid-winter break and several days built in at the end of the academic year for snow days. Muslim students have been pushing officials to recognize the Eid holidays, like other nearby districts, such as Dearborn Public Schools, the Crestwood School District and Hamtramck Public Schools. Among those advocating for the day off was Mohammad Muntakim, a sophomore at Cass Technical High School and president of the school’s Muslim Student Association, who noted in a … [Read more...] about Detroit schools to close for Muslim holiday, Eid al-Fitr, in 2020
THE moon has a vital role to play in the holy month - which won't begin until a new crescent is sighted. This means millions of Muslims will be keeping an eye out on the all-important lunar change. Here's the low-down. What is Ramadan? Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is celebrated by Muslims worldwide. Muslims observe Ramadan by a month of fasting and religious devotion, which commemorates the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to Islamic belief. Fasting is obligatory for adult Muslims, except those who are suffering from an illness, travelling, are elderly, pregnant, breastfeeding, diabetic, chronically ill or menstruating. Instead, meals include an early morning suhur, between 2.30am and 3am, and an evening iftar is enjoyed around 9pm-9.30pm. Muslims also read as much of the Koran as they can during the holy month, and are encouraged to observe five prayers every day. Often, people will donate large sums of money to charity during Ramadan … [Read more...] about How is Ramadan 2019 announced and why is the religious festival dependent on the moon?
RAMADAN is observed by Muslims around the world as a period of fasting to commemorate "the best of times". It celebrates the moment the Koran was unveiled to Muhammad, according to Islamic belief. Here's what else we know about the holy month, that will start up later this year. When is Ramadan 2019? This year Ramadan is due to start on the evening of Sunday, May 5, and will continue for 30 days until Tuesday, June 4. However, the beginning and end are determined by the lunar Islamic calendar – meaning it will depend on when the new moon is sighted. Hilal, the crescent, is usually a day or more after the astronomical new moon. The "night of power" or "night of decree" is considered the holiest night of the year, as Muslims believe the first revelation of the Koran was sent down to Muhammad on this night. It's thought to have occurred on an odd-numbered night during the last 10 days of Ramadan - the 21, 23, 25, 27 or 29th. The holiday of Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan and … [Read more...] about When is Ramadan 2019, what date does the holy month start and finish and what does Ramadan Mubarak mean?