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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. Businesses have normal 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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Muharram/Islamic New Year Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2016MonOct 3Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim
2017FriSep 22Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim
2018TueSep 11Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim
2019SunSep 1Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim
2020FriAug 21Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim
2021TueAug 10Muharram/Islamic New Year (Tentative Date)Muslim
2022SatJul 30Muharram/Islamic New Year (Tentative Date)Muslim
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

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