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Al-Hijra in Nigeria

The Islamic New Year is on the first day of Muharram, the first month in the lunar Islamic calendar, which differs from the Gregorian calendar.

Is Al-Hijra a Public Holiday?

Al-Hijra is a public holiday. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.

In 2022, it falls on a Saturday, and some businesses may choose to follow Saturday opening hours.

Covered bazaar in Ardabil in the northwest of Iran where black banners and flags with Arabic writing mark the month of Muharram, the Islamic month of mourning.

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About Al-Hijra

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Al-Hijra Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday TypeArea
2016TueOct 4Al-Hijra observedLocal holiday 
2017FriSep 22Al-HijraLocal holiday 
2018TueSep 11Al-HijraLocal holiday 
2019FriAug 30Al-Hijra observedLocal holidayOsun
2019SatAug 31Al-HijraLocal holiday 
2019MonSep 2Al-Hijra observedLocal holidayKano, Osun, Sokoto
2020ThuAug 20Al-HijraLocal holiday 
2021MonAug 9Al-Hijra observedLocal holidayJigawa, Kano, Katsina , Kebbi, Osun, Yobe
2021TueAug 10Al-Hijra observedLocal holidayOyo
2022SatJul 30Al-Hijra (Tentative Date)Local holiday 
2023WedJul 19Al-Hijra (Tentative Date)Local holiday 
2024MonJul 8Al-Hijra (Tentative Date)Local holiday 
2025FriJun 27Al-Hijra (Tentative Date)Local holiday 
2026WedJun 17Al-Hijra (Tentative Date)Local holiday 

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