The government announced on Monday that Morocco will return to GMT Sunday April 19 to coincide with the holy month of Ramadan. Moroccans will thus have to delay their watches by 60 minutes next Sunday at 3 o’clock.
This measure comes in application of Article 2 of Decree No. 2.18.855 issued on 16 Safar 1440 (October 26, 2018), relating to legal time. The return to GMT+1 time is scheduled for Sunday, May 31, at 2 a.m.
Recall that according to the estimates of the astronomer Hicham El Aissaoui, Ramadan should begin Saturday, April 25, 2020 in Morocco, specifying that the holy month will begin Friday in Saudi Arabia.
Hicham El Aissaoui also stressed on his Facebook page that Ramadan will last only 29 days in the Kingdom. As for Aid Al Fitr, the astronomer said that it will be celebrated Sunday, May 24 in Morocco and Saudi Arabia.
The fasting period begins at the beginning of the new moon and ends at the beginning 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 must be observable with the naked eye.
But it is the Ministry of Habous and Islamic Affairs that officially announces the date of the beginning of Ramadan in Morocco.