Happy Islamic New Year!

Many moments in the Muslim calendar have been affected by coronavirus – with some families in the North of the UK told the night before Eid-al Adha that they would be back in lockdown.

So it is fair to assume that followers of the Islamic faith deserve to look ahead and hope for a positive change – something they’ll hopefully get to do as they celebrate Islamic New Year this week.

The Islamic calendar follows a 30-year cycle, with 19 years of 354 days and 11 leap years of 355 days, so it falls on a different day on the Gregorian calendar every year, and this year it is August 20.

Today is officially the Islamic New Year – the First of Muharram.

The date is chosen to coincide with the expected first sighting of the lunar crescent after the new Moon in the month of Muharram.


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