Islamic New Year


Islamic New Year marks the beginning of a new Islamic lunar year. The new year is the First day of Muharram month in the lunar calendar. Islam follows lunar calendar, and a year is of 354 days. New year begins at the first sighting of the crescent moon after the new Moon, so it is celebrated in the evening. The crescent Moon’s visibility is sometimes delayed by weather conditions. The word ‘Hijri’ is derived from the word Hijra meaning migration. Starting point of Islamic calendar or beginning of calendar marks the migration of Prophet Muhammad from Mecca to Medina in 622 AD. First of Muharram or Islamic New Year or Awal Muharram or Hijri New Year symbolises two important events in the Islam culture, one is the birth of a new lunar year, and the other is Hijra-the day where the historic journey from Mecca to Medina began. The word Awal translates to ‘beginning’ in English and Muharram is the name of the first month in the Islam calendar. The new year is known as Maal Hijra.

Islamic New Year 2023

Wed , 19th Jul 2023

This day is a public holiday in many Islamic countries. Islamic New Year also represents the beginning of Muslim era, it coincides with the Hijrah, the Prophet Mohammed's journey from Mecca to Medina is said to have occurred on the first of Muharram in 622 CE. Prophet Mohammed moved to a town known as Yathrib which is located 320 km to the north of Mecca. Yathrib was addressed as Medina in the later days, Medina translates to 'the city' or ‘the city Prophet relocated to’.

The traditions of Awal Muharram vary from different Islamic culture groups. They gather and worship together. Attend multiple religious activities, involve in qawwali- spiritual music and spirituals elders hold religious meetings. People recite Quran/Koranic verses and offer special prayers and hold sermons at public halls and mosques. 

Islamic New Year festival dates between 2019 & 2029

Year

Date

2019

Sunday, 1st of September

2020

Thursday, 20th of August

2021

Tuesday, 10th of August

2022

Saturday, 30th of July

2023

Wednesday, 19th of July

2024

Monday, 8th of July

2025

Friday, 27th of June

2026

Wednesday, 17th of June

2027

Sunday, 6th of June

2028

Thursday, 25th of May

2029

Tuesday, 15th of May

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