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Islamic New Year
Jordan

Islamic New Year 2019 and 2020

Islamic New Year (Awal Muharram) is a national public holiday in Jordan that is celebrated by all Muslims. About 95 percent of Jordanians are Muslim, and about 93 percent of them are Sunni.

YearDateDayHoliday
201931 AugSatIslamic New Year
202020 AugThuIslamic New Year

The basis of Awal Muharram, and of the first year of the Islamic dating system, is the flight of Muhammad from Mecca to Medina in C.E. 622. The Islamic Calendar is, therefore known as the “Hijri Calendar,” and Islamic New Year’s Day is sometimes called “Al Hijira.”

Islamic New Year varies in date from the perspective of the Gregorian Calendar used commonly around the world. According to that calendar, the Islamic New Year moves about 11 days per year. The exact date is never certain, since each country announces it based on moon sightings, but it can generally be predicted with great accuracy. Also note that Islamic New Year begins around 6pm, for the Islamic day always starts after sunset.

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