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Muharram/Islamic New Year in Canada

Quick Facts

The first day of Muharram, which is the first month in the Islamic calendar, marks the start of the Islamic New Year.

Local names

NameLanguage
Muharram/Islamic New YearEnglish
MouharramFrench
Muharram (Islamisches Neujahr)German

Muharram/Islamic New Year 2014

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Muharram/Islamic New Year 2015

Thursday, October 15, 2015
Note: Regional customs or moon sightings may cause a variation of the date for Islamic holidays, which begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday. The Islamic calendar is lunar and the days begin at sunset, so there may be one-day error depending on when the New Moon is first seen.
List of dates for other years

Many Muslims in countries such as Canada observe the start of the Islamic New Year on the first day of Muharram, which is the first month in the Islamic calendar.

Muslim man praying.

Many people of Islamic faith engage in prayer during Muharram.

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What do people do?

Muslims in Canada choose to fast during Muharram, although fasting is not obligatory. Many Muslims also engage in voluntary prayer, including evening prayer, during Muharram. Some Islamic organizations in Canada host lectures and sessions regarding the mourning associated with the martyrdom of Husayn ibn Ali (also known as Imam Hussain) that occurred in 680 CE. Some people also read books about Islam to increase their knowledge on the teachings of Islam.

The Day of Ashura (or Ashurah) is known as the most sacred day in the month of Muharram. It is the 10th day of Muharram and is a day of fasting for many Sunni Muslims. Many Shi’a Muslims use the day to commemorate the martyrdom of Husayn ibn Ali in 680 CE. Some Muslims give to charity on this day.

Public life

The first day of Muharram is an Islamic observance and is not a nationwide public holiday in Canada.

Background

Muharram is the first month in the Islamic year and a time of mourning and peace. It is forbidden for Muslims to fight during this month. A number of important events in Islamic history have occurred during this month. These include:

The Shi'a and Sunni denominations of Islam attach different weights to these events and mark them in different ways.

About Muharram/Islamic New Year in other countries

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Muharram/Islamic New Year Observances

Note: Regional customs or moon sightings may cause a variation of the date for Islamic holidays, which begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday. The Islamic calendar is lunar and the days begin at sunset, so there may be one-day error depending on when the New Moon is first seen.
WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
TueJul 241990Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim 
SatJul 131991Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim 
ThuJul 21992Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim 
MonJun 211993Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim 
FriJun 101994Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim 
WedMay 311995Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim 
SunMay 191996Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim 
FriMay 91997Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim 
TueApr 281998Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim 
SatApr 171999Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim 
ThuApr 62000Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim 
MonMar 262001Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim 
FriMar 152002Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim 
WedMar 52003Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim 
SunFeb 222004Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim 
ThuFeb 102005Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim 
TueJan 312006Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim 
SatJan 202007Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim 
ThuJan 102008Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim 
MonDec 292008Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim 
FriDec 182009Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim 
WedDec 82010Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim 
SunNov 272011Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim 
ThuNov 152012Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim 
TueNov 52013Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim 
SatOct 252014Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim 
ThuOct 152015Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim 
MonOct 32016Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim 
FriSep 222017Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim 
WedSep 122018Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim 
SunSep 12019Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim 
ThuAug 202020Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim 

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