Ramadan 2021: How COVID-19 Impacted Observances Around the World

Ramadan 2021: How COVID-19 Impacted Observances Around the World

The 2021 Premise Ramadan Report looks at the global impact of COVID-19 on one of the most sacred times of the year.


By Awbrey Lowe | Marketing Events Manager
Iftar in Sharjah UAE
Iftar in Sharjah UAE

As the second Ramadan observed in a global pandemic comes to a close, we reflect on how observances of the holiday and the world at large have changed.

This year Ramadan, which is celebrated by over 2 billion Muslims in the world, began on April 12th and ended on May 12th. Today Premise released our 2021 Premise Ramadan Report, which provides a snapshot of how Muslims around the world honored the sacred month and provides insight into how the ongoing pandemic impacted observances. We surveyed more than 25,000 Contributors in 31 countries over a two week span to gauge the overall impact of the pandemic on Ramadan observances.

Here’s what we learned:

  • 70% of Contributors say the pandemic had some sort of impact on their Ramadan observations.
  • Comfort level with engaging in public activities around Ramadan increased compared to Ramadan 2020.
  • Contributors in the Middle East and Southeast Asia were much more likely than those in North Africa to alter celebration plans to accommodate precautionary measures.

Download the Premise 2021 Ramadan Report today to learn more about how COVID-19 impacted observances of the holiday around the world. Our Report offers complete country-by-country insights into how the holy month was celebrated and how things have evolved over the past year.