When Does Ramadan 2022 Start and End? Full Timetable

Ramadan is one of the year's most important religious events, with believers from all around the world taking part.

Muslims aim to grow spiritually and become closer to Allah and their loved ones, through fasting and abstaining from pleasures.

Recent Pew Research projects almost four million Muslims live in the U.S., and many will be preparing to observe the famous fast synonymous with the festival.

During April, which is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, Muslims also abstain from other habits such as gossiping, swearing and smoking, and obeying various other rules.

But with the exact timings of the holy month of Ramadan tied to the Moon, some people may be unsure when this event begins in 2022.

When Does Ramadan 2022 Start?

Dome of an old mosque
Dome of an old mosque with a lunar crescent during Ramadan. Every day of Ramadan, Muslims eat the pre-fast meal called the Sahoor, which is take before sunrise AlxeyPnferov/Getty Images

The Islamic calendar is well known for following the Moon's phases, with the religion's months starting with Earth's satellite's making its first crescent and the new day after sunset.

Charity Muslim Aid states on its site: "The Islamic calendar follows the phases of the Moon, commonly known as the lunar cycle.

"As a result, the Holy month of Ramadan falls approximately 10 days earlier each year in the Gregorian calendar."

Ramadan 2022 is predicted to start on April 2, however, this could be subject to change, depending on whether the Crescent Moon is sighted over Saudi Arabia city Mecca, the birthplace of Muhammad.

There is consequently a chance the start of Ramadan could even arrive a day later if the Moon is not seen.

Ramadan lasts between 29 and 30 days, until the sighting of the next crescent moon marks the end of the holy month and the arrival of Shawwal, the tenth month of the Islamic Hijri calendar.

Ramadan 2022 Timetable

Lantern that have moon symbol on top
Lantern that have moon symbol on top and small plate of dates fruit with night sky and city bokeh light background for the Muslim feast of the holy month of Ramadan Kareem. Baramyou0708/Getty Images

Every day of Ramadan, Muslims eat the pre-fast meal called the Sahoor, consumed before the sun rises and culminates with the day's first prayer, the Fajr.

The fast is not broken until the sun sets with the Iftar meal, preceding the Maghrib,the day's fourth prayer.

Because the days gradually increase in length during the Ramadan period, length of time fasting becomes progressively challenging, as worshipers near the end of the holy month, and the celebration of Eid al-Fitr.

These important times are detailed in the timetable below (times according to ET)

DateSunriseSunset
3 April04:5519:27
4 April04:5319:28
5 April04:5119:29
6 April04:5019:30
7 April04:4819:31
8 April04:4619:32
9 April04:4419:33
19 April04:4219:34
11 April04:4019:35
12 April04:3819:37
13 April04:3619:38
14 April04:3419:39
15 April04:3219:40
16 April04:3019:41
17 April04:2819:42
18 April04:2619:43
19 April04:2419:41
20 April04:2219:45
21 April04:2019:47
22 April04:1819:48
23 April04:1619:49
24 April04:1419:50
25 April04:1319:51
26 April04:1119:52
27 April04:0919:53
28 April04:0719:54
29 April04:0519:55
30 April04:0319:56
1 May04.0119:58
Little boy praying alongside his father during
A little boy praying alongside his father during Ramadan Rawpixel/Getty Images

Fasting is recognized as one of the five pillars in Islam, aspects every Muslim must fulfil to form the foundation of their life and faith.

The five pillars in full are: Declaration of Faith (Shahada), Prayers (Salah), Charity (Zakat), Fasting (Sawm) and Pilgrimage (Hajj).

However, there are some exemptions, meaning Muslims are allowed to be exempt from this rule if there are:

  • Pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Menstruating
  • Diabetic
  • Ill or taking medication
  • Travelling long distances (more than 48 miles)

Because Ramadan is a holy month, Muslims are expected to place extra effort into the religious and spiritual aspects of the religion and refrain from violence, anger and greed.

Muslim woman praying during Ramadan
Muslim woman praying during Ramadan. Getty Images

When Does Ramadan 2022 End?

Muslims anticipate Ramadan to finish on Sunday, May 1, which will immediately precedes Eid, which begins on the evening of Monday, May 2.

Eid al-Fitr, which is also known as the Feast of Breaking the Fast, or simply Eid, celebrates the end of a month of fasting.

Eid dates differ around the world, but they are usually within one or two days of each other.

A few months later comes the most important day on the Islamic calendar: Eil al-Adha.