Egypt plan to [cancel] DST during Ramadan and then to resume DST again.

David Patte dpatte at
Fri Jul 30 01:54:21 UTC 2010

By traditional definition, the Islamic month is based on the sighting of 
the first crescent of the moon, which depends on the observers, not a 
chronological or mathematical formula, and varies depending on the 
location of the observer, the weather, the time of day, and other factors.

But not not all Islamic countries use the first sighting of the crescent 
Moon to signal the start of the month. In Saudi Arabia and Egypt the 
beginning of the month is fixed by the relative timing of sunset and 
moonset on the 29th day of each month. If the Moon sets before the Sun 
the next day is the 30th of the month. If the Sun sets before the Moon 
(by at least 10 minutes in Egypt) the next day is the first of the next 

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