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Islamic New Year
Iraq

Islamic New Year 2020, 2021 and 2022 in Iraq

The first day of Muharram, or “Islamic New Year” is a public holiday in Iraq, recognised by Shiite and Sunni Muslims alike.

YearDateDayHoliday
202020 AugThuIslamic New Year
20219 AugMonIslamic New Year
202230 JulSatIslamic New Year
202319 JulWedIslamic New Year
20247 JulSunIslamic New Year
Please scroll down to end of page for previous years' dates.

The whole month of Muharram is considered the holiest of all Islamic months, even more than Ramadan, and is a time of intense prayer and reflection for many in Iraq.

But Shiites and Sunnis celebrate the days of Muharram somewhat differently as well.

There are many Shiite parades during Muharram, and Shiites fast on Ashura (10 Muharram) to mourn the death of Muhammad’s grandson Husayn ibn Ali. They may also go on pilgrimage to the Imam Husayn Shrine at Ali’s grave site.

Sunnis, the minority in Iraq, may fast during Muharram as well. If they fast on 10 Muharram, it will be based on Moses’ victory over Pharaoh on this day according to the Hadiths rather than Ibn Ali’s martyrdom.

Previous Years

YearDateDayHoliday
201931 AugSatIslamic New Year
201811 SepTueIslamic New Year
201722 SepFriIslamic New Year