Ramadan is an important event that is very welcomed by Muslims in India. Like elsewhere, they celebrate it through spiritual rituals such as fasting, praying and doing good deeds as well as through particular habits that reflect indian culture and identity. With this regard, Muslim in India are famous with their sense of solidarity and generosity. In every Ramadan, and before the Maghrib azan for instance, people bring different types of food to the mosques so as to distribute it later-on to the poor and needy people.
In addition to this, Muslims in India are known with their attachment to traditional clothing style especially in Ramadan. Males for instance cannot celebrate this holy month without wearing the traditional hat (Attaqya). For food habits in Ramadan, Indian Muslims break their fasting days by taking local dishes that are exclusively prepared for this occasion. Among these we can cite "Dahi Vada", a dish made of pepper and cheese. Ganji, a soup made of rice flour, meat and spices. Haries, a drink made of wheat, meat, gravy and chili pepper. This drink is highly estimated by Indians in Ramadan because it provides them with much energy during the fasting days.
Concerning the announcement of the first day of Ramadan in India, this mission is delegated by the state to the Central Committee of Moon Sighting which charges two of its reliable Muslim men to either confirm or deny the sighting of moon. In addition to this Central Committee however, there are other moon sighting committees for each city in India. Unfortunately, this results on a sort of contradictions and confusions about the first day of Ramadan and Eid Al-Fitr in the different parts of India.
To facilitate this task for our dear readers, Assabile website will announce the first day of Ramadan in India once the official authorities confirm it. Untill then, it is expected that the first day of Ramadan for this year would probably be on the 16 Mai 2018 (more or less one day).
Ramadan Kareem and may Allah bless you!