The blessed month of Ramadan, a time of reflection, contemplation, and celebration for Muslims all over the world, is almost here.

The annual observance of this special month is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam and commemorates Muhammad’s first revelation.

The Islamic calendar is based on lunar cycles, unlike our Gregorian calendar, so the exact dates of Ramadan change every year.

Here’s everything you need to know about this year’s Ramadan, including what the special occasion is all about and when it will be celebrated.

What is Ramadan?

Ramadan is held during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is a time for spiritual reflection, acts of charity, and spending time with loved ones.