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Islamic New Year

Islamic New Year 2019 and 2020

Libya, like the rest of the Islamic world, celebrates the first day of Muharram as Islamic New Year and as an official public holiday.

201931 AugSatIslamic New Year
202020 AugThuIslamic New Year

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.