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Islamic New Year

Islamic New Year 2019 and 2020 in Oman

Islamic New Year, on 1 Muharram according to the Islamic Calendar, is a national public holiday in Oman.

201931 AugSatIslamic New Year
202020 AugThuIslamic New Year

Awal (beginning of) Muharram is an uneventful holiday in Oman, as in most of the Muslim world. You aren’t likely to see any fireworks, for example. Instead, people take time to reflect, read the Koran, pray at the local mosque, and spend time with family.

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.

Muharram is also a time when Muslims, especially Shia Muslims, remember the tragic martyrdom of the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson Husayn ibn Ali at the Battle of Karbala on 10 Muharram, 61 AH. Also on 10 Muharram, Sunni Muslims remember the deliverance of Moses and the Israelites from Pharoah.