The government announced Monday that Morocco will return to GMT on Sunday April 19 for the holy month of Ramadan. Moroccans will have to delay their watches by 60 minutes next Sunday at 3 am.
This measure comes under article 2 of decree N° 2.18.855 published on 16 Safar 1440 (October 26, 2018), relating to the legal time. The GMT + 1 time return is scheduled for Sunday, May 31, at 2 a.m.
Recall that, according to estimates by astronomer Hicham El Aissaoui, Ramadan should start on Saturday April 25, 2020 in Morocco, specifying that the sacred month will begin on Friday in Saudi Arabia.
Hicham El Aissaoui also pointed out on his Facebook page that Ramadan will only last 29 days in the Kingdom. As for Aid Al Fitr, the astronomer said it will be celebrated on Sunday May 24 in Morocco and Saudi Arabia.
The fasting period begins at the start of the new moon and ends at the start of the next lunar cycle. Even if astronomical calculations make it possible to know precisely the day of the new moon, Moroccan tradition requires that the star be observable with the naked eye.
But it is the Ministry of Habous and Islamic Affairs that officially announces the start date of Ramadan in Morocco.