Start of Ramadan 2009 (dates)

Muslims around the world will start the holy fasting month of Ramadan either on Friday or Saturday depending on the sighting of the new moon.

Friday, August 21:

Iran, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Oman, Morocco, Mauritania, Libya (Shiites), Lebanon (Shiites), Iraq, Turkey, Kosovo, Macedonia, Romania, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Serbia, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Albania, Slovenia Russia

Saturday, August 22:

Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, China, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, Sudan, Yemen, Iraq (Sunni), France, Belgium, Spain, Switzerland, North America