Islamic New Year 2024, also known as Hijri New Year, is expected to be observed on July 6 or July 7, depending on the sighting of the crescent moon. This annual commemoration marks the beginning of a new year according to the Islamic Calendar and is marked with great devotion by Muslims across the world. Islamic New Year offers people the chance to start fresh. Islamic New Year begins with the month of Muharram and is marked by most Muslims on the first day of Muharram. It is important to note that this period also leads to an important observance on the tenth day of Muharram - Ashura - a day of mourning and repent. As we prepare to mark Islamic New Year 2024, here is everything you need to know about this observance, the history and significance of the Hijri New Year that marks the beginning of Muharram. 

Islamic New Year 2024 Date

The date of Islamic New Year actually depends on the day that the first crescent of the new moon is sighted. Islamic New Year 2024 is expected to be marked on the evening of July 6 and will go on till July 7. The annual observance marks the beginning of a new Islamic year - which begins on Muharram 1. Muharram is considered to be one of the four sacred months in Islam. Is Muharram Celebrated as Festival? Why Do Muslims Self-Flagellate on Ashura? When Will Muharram Chand Appear? All FAQs Answered. 

Islamic New Year History and Significance

Islamic New Year marks the beginning of Muharram. The first ten days of this month - leading up to Ashura - are believed to be a time of mourning and remembrance for stoic believers. The observance of Ashura of Muharram is an important day for followers of Islam and is marked as a day of mourning as they commemorate the death of Husayn ibn Ali, grandson of the Islamic prophet Muhammad and the third Shia imam for Shia Muslims. For Sunni Muslims, Ashura marks the parting of the Red Sea by Moses and the salvation of the Israelites. Various other important events like God forgiving Adam, Noah disembarking the Arc and Joseph being released from Prison is also believed to focus on this day.

As we prepare to observe Islamic New Year 2024, we hope that you remember the importance of this day. The most significant thing about the month of Muharram that people need to remember is that it is one of the few months where warfare is prohibited and peace is celebrated. We hope that peace be upon each and everyone on this Islamic New Year.

(The above story first appeared on LatestLY on Jul 06, 2024 11:42 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website