Home   Calendar   Holidays   South Africa   Muharram/Islamic New Year
Flag for South Africa

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, September 1, 2019 and most businesses follow regular Sunday opening hours in South Africa.

Muharram New Year

There may be some congestion around mosques on some days, particularly in the evenings, during Muharram.

©iStockphoto.com/PhilSigin

About Muharram/Islamic New Year

Read more about Muharram/Islamic New Year.

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.

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2015ThuOct 15Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim
2016MonOct 3Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim
2017FriSep 22Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim
2018TueSep 11Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim
2019SunSep 1Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim
2020ThuAug 20Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim
2021TueAug 10Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim
2022SatJul 30Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim
2023WedJul 19Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim
2024MonJul 8Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim
2025FriJun 27Muharram/Islamic New YearMuslim

We diligently research and continuously update our holiday dates and information. If you find a mistake, please let us know.

You might also like

Perseid Shooting Star Alert!

Perseid Shooting Star Alert!

The Perseid meteor shower peaks between August 12 and 14 with up to 110 shooting stars per hour. Find them with our Interactive Meteor Shower Sky Map. more

Commuters and tourists in Canary Wharf, London, United Kingdom.

Daylight Saving Time (DST)

Daylight Saving Time (DST) is the practice of setting the clocks forward one hour from standard time during the summer months, and back again in the fall, in order to make better use of natural daylight. more

Calendar with 12 months

12 Months of the Year

The 12 months of the year are linked to the Moon's orbit around Earth. Why are there 12 months? What do the month names mean? more