Being Blog: Ramadan 2011: The Blessings of a 16-Hour Fast and Mahmoud Darwish's Poetry beingblog: by Ayman Amer, guest contributor (photo: Mohammad Khedmati/Flickr, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) Ramadan this year starts Monday, August 31st. Every year it comes 11 days earlier because Muslims follow a lunar calendar. A lunar year is only 355 days long. So my Ramadan comes sometimes… This is beautiful. *Correction! Ramadan this year starts on August 1st, not the 31st, as corrected by the Author.