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Awal Ramadhan

21. July 2012 (All day)
Melaka Public Holiday

The festival of Ramadhan or Bulan Puasa is an important event in the Muslim calendar, a time of personal reflection and bonding with one's family.

Muslims commemorate Ramadan by fasting throughout the daylight hours. Fasting is required of all capable Muslims, who must refrain from indulging base needs like eating and drinking and smoking while the sun is up.

At the end of the day, Muslims break their fast (Buka Puasa) with a meal called iftar, usually eaten communally at home or at bazaars that are set up specifically for Ramadan and Hari Raya Aidilfitri, the joyous end of Ramadan.

Fasting ends when the new moon is sighted on the final evening of Ramadhan. Once sighted, the new moon portends the first day of Aidilfitri at sunrise.