Muharram in United States

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
MuharramEnglish
MuharramSpanish
מוחרםHebrew
المحرمArabic
무 하 람Korean
MuharramGerman

Muharram 2014

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Muharram 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 the United States observe the start of the Islamic New Year on the first day of Muharram, which is the first month in the Islamic calendar.

American Woman in Headscarf

Many Muslims spend time in prayer during Muharram.

©iStockphoto.com/Rachel Donahue

What do people do?

Some Islamic organizations in the United States post announcements reminding people of the first day of Muharram prior to the event. Muharram is one of the four sanctified months in the Islamic calendar. Some Muslim Americans choose to fast during this month, although fasting is not obligatory. Many Muslims engage in voluntary prayer, including evening prayer, during Muharram.

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 federal public holiday in the United States.

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 in other countries

Read more about Muharram.

Muharram 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 241990MuharramMuslim 
SatJul 131991MuharramMuslim 
ThuJul 21992MuharramMuslim 
MonJun 211993MuharramMuslim 
FriJun 101994MuharramMuslim 
WedMay 311995MuharramMuslim 
SunMay 191996MuharramMuslim 
FriMay 91997MuharramMuslim 
TueApr 281998MuharramMuslim 
SatApr 171999MuharramMuslim 
ThuApr 62000MuharramMuslim 
MonMar 262001MuharramMuslim 
FriMar 152002MuharramMuslim 
WedMar 52003MuharramMuslim 
SunFeb 222004MuharramMuslim 
ThuFeb 102005MuharramMuslim 
TueJan 312006MuharramMuslim 
SatJan 202007MuharramMuslim 
ThuJan 102008MuharramMuslim 
MonDec 292008MuharramMuslim 
FriDec 182009MuharramMuslim 
WedDec 82010MuharramMuslim 
SunNov 272011MuharramMuslim 
ThuNov 152012MuharramMuslim 
TueNov 52013MuharramMuslim 
SatOct 252014MuharramMuslim 
ThuOct 152015MuharramMuslim 
MonOct 32016MuharramMuslim 
FriSep 222017MuharramMuslim 
WedSep 122018MuharramMuslim 
SunSep 12019MuharramMuslim 
ThuAug 202020MuharramMuslim 

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