Islamic New Year: The Islamic New Year, also known as Hijri New Year, is celebrated during the first month of the Muslim Lunar calendar. The Muslim population relies on the Hijri calendar for deciding the dates of the religious festivals.
The first month of the calendar is one of the most important months for Muslims. Muharram 2022 is beginning on the evening of July 29 and will end on August 28.
Islamic New Year: History
The advent of Muharram dates back to 680 AD and finds its roots in the Karbala battle. During this battle, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad, Hussain ibn Ali al-Hussain, also known as Iman Hussain, died. During the Muharram month, the Muslim community mourns the death of Imam Hussain.
Islamic New Year: Significance
During the Karbala battle, Imam Hussain and his family members also died. The Muharram month starts with 10 days of mourning that culminate on Ashura which is the day of the battle.
Islamic New Year: Celebrations
Muslims celebrate the Islamic New Year and observe the Muharram month in various ways. Many processions are organized where the Muslim population, especially the Shia Muslims, mourn Imam Hussain’s death.
Many observe the Islamic New Year by focusing on spiritual reflection. Fasts are also observed, especially during the first ten days.