Libya, like the rest of the Islamic world, celebrates the first day of Muharram as Islamic New Year and as an official public holiday.
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In Libya, 1 Muharram is set aside as an off work day to celebrate the arrival of a new year.
The Islamic Calendar dates from C.E. 622 when Muhammad fled Mecca for Medina, on a trip known as “the Hijira.” For that reason, the calendar used by Muslims is sometimes called the “Hijri Calendar.”
All of Muharram is a month of remembrance for Muslims and a time when fighting and war are supposed to be prohibited. It is, along with Ramadan, considered one of the holiest months of the Islamic year.