When is Islamic New Year in 2020?

The Islamic New Year 2020 is starting on the evening of 19th August (Wednesday) and ending on the evening of 20st August (Thursday).

The Islamic New Year, also known as Hijri New Year or Arabic New Year marks the beginning of a new Hijri year. The first day of the year is observed on the first day of Muharram, which is the first month in the Islamic calendar. This day commemorates the migration of Muhammad and his followers in 622 from Mecca to Medina, known as the Hijra.

The Islamic calendar is based on the lunar year, which has 12 months but only 354 days. Various countries and Islamic sects have different ways of determining the start of the New Year, so the date may vary with location. This year, Islamic New Year will begin on the evening of 30th August and end on the evening of 31st August.

The Islamic New Year is a holiday in Muslim countries, which is celebrated as a cultural holiday, not a religious one. People celebrate the holiday by offering prayers in the mosque. They spend the day with their friends and family members by exchanging wishes, gifts, and relishing traditional meal. In some Gulf countries like the United Arab Emirates, mesmerizing firework shows are organised at several places on the eve of Islamic New Year. The traditional dishes relished by people differs from one region to another. Like in North Africa, the traditional dish is a meal made from cornet leaves, which is locally called Mloukhiya, which is combined with delicious cakes for desserts. Similarly, in Indonesia, the curry lamb is relished by people as a traditional dish of Islamic New Year. The Islamic New Year celebrations is a period of self-reflection, remembrance, and gratitude.

Date Year
9th August (Monday) – 10th August (Tuesday) 2021
29th July (Friday) – 30th July (Saturday) 2022
18th July (Tuesday) – 19th July (Wednesday) 2023
7th July (Sunday) – 8th July (Monday) 2024
26th June (Thursday) – 27th June (Friday) 2020