When Does the Islamic New Year 2020 Begin?

The First of Muharram

October 7, 2019
Islamic New Year Crescent Moon

When Does the Islamic New Year 2020—First of Muharram—begin? Here are the dates from The Old Farmer’s Almanac.

What Is the First of Muharram?

The First of Muharram, or the Islamic New Year, marks the beginning of the Islamic lunar calendar year.

For many Muslims, it begins at the first sighting of the lunar crescent after the new Moon in the month of Muharram. The crescent Moon may be visible a day or so after the new Moon, but weather and other factors may delay the sighting. 

Other Muslims use different criteria to determine the start of the calendar, such as the Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA), which calculates the date according to the following: The Moon must be born (become new) before sunset in Makkah, and the Moon must set after sunset. The following dates are calculated according to the FCNA, and may be a day or so earlier than a visible sighting. 

Islamic New Year Dates*

Below are the sundown dates for the Islamic New Year (First of Muharram).

Year

First day of the Islamic New Year
according to astronomical calculations

2020 Wednesday, August 19, at sundown
2021 Sunday, August 8, at sundown
2022 Thursday, July 28, at sundown
*NOTE: Our products are published for the United States and Canada; our reference source for the above dates is the Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA). Other countries, as well as certain denominations and groups within North America, may not use the same method to determine the date of Islamic New Year.

If you observe the Islamic New Year, please share your traditions below!

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Here in Nigeria, some states like Kano and Zamfara even declare public holiday on the new year, to commemorate it. Happy new Islamic year 1440 AH today, September 10th 2018. SALAM.

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I recall purchasing a copy of the Farmer's Almanac and being an American Muslim, always looking for any information pertaining to Islam or Muslim living. Now I am happily finding such things and it is making me very happy and will refresh my love of The Old Farmer's Almanac!
Thanks so much for being educated and not biased from unreliable media sources and the like.
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