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Festivity - Islamic New Year
The Islamic New Year is a cultural event which Muslims observe on the first day of Muharram; the first month in the Islamic calendar and it pay homage to Prophet Muhammad. The most important part is to tell the hijra (Muhammad's flight from Medina to Mecca). Muharram is one of four months that have been designated as holy according to the Islamic calendar, the other three being - Dhul-Qa'adah, Dhul-Hijjah and Rajab.

The month of Muharram is also associated with many auspicious events in Islamic history. Allah is supposed to have created the heavens and the earth on this blessed day. Many, and the Hijra, or migration, Islamic prophet Muhammad made to the city now known as Medina. Muslims gather in mosques and offer special prayers and listen to special readings from the Koran. The Muslim New Year falls eleven days earlier than the previous year because the Muslim calendar is based on the movements of the moon.

The Islamic calendar (or Hijri calendar) is consistently shorter than a tropical year, and therefore it shifts approximately 10-12 days every year with respect to the Gregorian calendar. It is because of that the Islamic calendar contains 12 months that are based on the motion of the moon and months are only 12 x 29.53= 354.36 days.


The following are the dates of important Islamic holidays, from 2009 to 2014.
In the Year
of the Hegira
(Islamic New Year)
Mawlid al-Nabi
Eid al-Fitr
(Ramadan ends)
Eid al-Adha
(Festival of
A.H. 1431
Dec. 18, 2009
Feb. 26, 2010
Aug. 11, 2010
Sept. 10, 2010
Nov. 15, 2010
A.H. 1432

Dec. 7, 2010

Feb. 15, 2011

Aug.1, 2011

Aug.30, 2011

Nov. 6, 2011
A.H. 1433

Nov. 26, 2011

Feb. 4, 2012

July 20, 2012

Aug.19, 2012

Oct. 26, 2012
A.H. 1434

Nov. 15, 2012

Jan. 24, 2013

July 9, 2013

Aug. 8, 2013

Oct. 15, 2013
A.H. 1435

Nov. 4, 2013

Jan. 13, 2014

June 28, 2014

July 28, 2014

Oct. 4, 2014
The above dates may vary by one or two days as the Islamic calendar is based on lunar observation and are subject to local sightings of the new moon.

Recently, in many areas of Muslim population, people have begun exchanging cards and gifts on this day.
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