Indonesian Muslims to Start Fasting on Thursday

JUNE 16, 2015

Jakarta. The Indonesian government has set the start of this year's fasting month for all Muslims in the archipelago.

"The first day of Ramadan falls on Thursday, June 18," said Religious Affairs Minister Lukman Hakim Saifuddin during a press conference at his office in Jakarta on Tuesday evening.

Prior to the announcement, the minister held a closed meeting with a number of the country's biggest Islamic organizations, including Nahdlatul Ulama, the Indonesian Council of Ulema (MUI) and Muhammadiyah, to decide on the date.

During the 30-day holy month of Ramadan,  Muslims must refrain from consuming food, drinking liquids, smoking and also engaging in sexual activities from dawn until sunset.