Ministry of Islamic Affairs has declared Monday as the first day of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting.
According to a statement released by the Islamic Ministry in reference to the moon, the new moon that marks the beginning of Ramadan has not been observed from any location within Maldives. No official statements of the moon having been observed in other Islamic countries were released or received either.
By the rules followed for the new moon observation, May 5, 2019 (from the Gregorian calendar) will be the 30th of Shaubaan (from the Islamic calendar) and May 6, 2019 will be the first of Ramadan.
While the first of Ramadan has been declared to be the May 6, and no new moons having been observed, the astrological calculations made by experts in the field align with the decision.