Islamic New Year is a public holiday in Palestine and is widely celebrated by the large majority of the population.
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Over 80 percent of residents of the West Bank are Muslim, as are around 99 percent of those in Gaza. Most Muslims in Palestine are Sunnis.
Many gather at the Al Aqsa Mosque in East Jerusalem on the first of Muharram, which is the first day of the year for Muslims. Here, they listen to sermons and pray. It is common to give out candy to children on this day.
Many also fast and pray the first 10 days of the year, culminating on the holiday called Ashura on 10 Muharram, which is the day when Sunnis remember Moses crossing the Red Sea as recorded in the Hadith.