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Islamic New Year
Kuwait

Islamic New Year 2019 and 2020

Islamic New Year is a public holiday in Kuwait, a land predominantly Muslim. Muslims in Kuwait keep new year’s in a “low-key” manner, in general. They remember about the Hijra (flight) of Muhammad from Mecca to Medina that occurred on this day in year one on the Islamic Calendar.

YearDateDayHoliday
201931 AugSatIslamic New Year
202020 AugThuIslamic New Year

The first day of the month of Muharram is New Year’s Day in the Islamic world and in Kuwait. The date drifts on the Gregorian Calendar from year to year by about 11 days due to the differences between a lunar and solar based calendar system.

Muharram is considered a “sanctified” month in Islam, and many Muslims may fast for different periods at the start of the month. Shiites will generally fast until the 10th day of Muharram when they remember the martyrdom of Husayn Ibn Ali.

Sunnis may also fast until the tenth day but remember the crossing of the Red Sea by Moses which occurred on this day according to the Hadith.

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