April 1st, 2022
Ramadan is one of the most special times of the year. For me, it has always been about extended family (a lot of them!) and food (my favorite being the dates that would be at the table for breaking iftar — I loved starting with something we’d normally have as dessert). I’ve always found that one of the most important things about Ramadan is that it’s a chance to focus on the things that matter, and this year Google is making it easier to find prayer times, greetings, and even that multicooker that will help those who observe prepare iftar. Here’s a glimpse at what you can expect from us this year.
- Easier access to useful and reliable Ramadan information on Search
Searches for Ramadan-related queries have grown by 25% over the past two years, and we’ve made it easier to find everything you’re looking for in one place. Simply search for “Ramadan” and you’ll find a dedicated section spanning prayer times[183ed9], news, greetings, and more.
If you’d like a “101” experience of moonsighting, look out for our interactive game on Google where you can search for the crescent to know if Ramadan has started or not. You may find a few other surprises along the way, too! (Can you spot the astronaut?)
2. Find the Qibla & Iftar timings wherever you are
A big part of Ramadan is managing your time, and that means checking prayer times and finding the Qibla (direction of prayer). You can easily find prayer times[183ed9]directly on Google, and you can use Qibla Finder to quickly locate the direction of prayer. It’s a web app that uses Augmented Reality (AR) to guide you right from your phone and it has helped millions of people around the world find Qibla within seconds.
3. Browse through the Ramadan Shopping Guide for inspiration
We’ve found that shoppers start planning up to 8 weeks ahead of Ramadan, with a 50% increase in interest around cooking fryers and 160% increase in Ramadan decorations. Whatever you’re looking for, the Ramadan Shopping Guide will help you explore the top trending Ramadan products and browse product options.
4. Embrace your inner artist with Ramadan-related artworks
We’re also bringing our interactive digital Ramadan Coloring Book from Google Arts & Culture to more countries, including Indonesia, Turkey and India. It showcases a range of beautiful Islamic art, enabling anyone to add a personal touch to popular artwork or simply practice mindfulness through coloring. Select your favorite art from the platform and create your own interpretation of a masterpiece that you can easily share with friends and family.
We hope this Ramadan brings you and your loved ones joy — and that this year’s features from Google help you find the information you need to make the most of this special time of the year.