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Islamic New Year
Mauritania

Islamic New Year 2021, 2022 and 2023 in Mauritania

Awal Muharram is the first day of the first month of the Islamic Calendar and is a public holiday in Mauritania, as in other predominantly Muslim nations.

YearDateDayHoliday
202110 AugTueIslamic New Year
202230 JulSatIslamic New Year
202319 JulWedIslamic New Year
20248 JulMonIslamic New Year
Please scroll down to end of page for previous years' dates.

The religious calendar followed by Muslims worldwide begins on the day that Muhammad made his famous “hijira” (flight) from Mecca to Medina, after his preaching was not at first accepted by the people of Mecca.

The date varies from year to year on the Gregorian Calendar, moving about 11 days earlier each year.

Awal Muharram is a largely “quiet” day of reflection. Many in Mauritania will attend prayer and sermon sessions at local mosques or other public places. They may also recite verses from the Koran and just spend time with family and friends at home.

Previous Years

YearDateDayHoliday
202020 AugThuIslamic New Year
20191 SepSunIslamic New Year
201811 SepTueIslamic New Year
201721 SepThuIslamic New Year