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Muharram/Islamic New Year in South Africa

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 Muharram/Islamic New Year a Public Holiday?

Muharram/Islamic New Year is not a public holiday. It falls on Sunday, July 31, 2022 and most businesses follow regular Sunday opening hours in South Africa.

A lantern is often used as a symbol for the month of Muharram, the Islamic month of mourning.

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Muharram/Islamic New Year Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2017FriSep 22Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim
2018TueSep 11Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim
2019SunSep 1Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim
2020FriAug 21Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim
2021TueAug 10Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim
2022SunJul 31Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim
2023WedJul 19Muharram/Islamic New Year (Tentative Date)Muslim
2024MonJul 8Muharram/Islamic New Year (Tentative Date)Muslim
2025FriJun 27Muharram/Islamic New Year (Tentative Date)Muslim
2026WedJun 17Muharram/Islamic New Year (Tentative Date)Muslim
2027SunJun 6Muharram/Islamic New Year (Tentative Date)Muslim

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