Hijri new year starts Wednesday: Dar Al-Ifta

Ahram Online , Tuesday 13 Oct 2015

The Islamic new year 1437 AH begins on Wednesday, says Egypt's Dar Al-Ifta

File Photo: The crescent moon is seen near mosques in old Cairo on the fifth day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan on August 15, 2010 (Reuters)

Egypt's Dar Al-Ifta announced on Tuesday that Wednesday would mark the Hijiri new year 1437.

According to an astronomical observation undertaken by Dar Al-Ifta, Egypt's state religious institution, Wednesday will mark the first day of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar. 

With the Hijri lunar calendar being 11-12 days shorter than the western calendar, Muharram falls at different times every year.

The Hijri calendar, which began in AD 622, is used by Muslims around the globe to determine annual fasting during the holy month of Ramadan as well as the Hajj pilgrimage and Muslim festivals.

Wednesday, 14 October will be an official national holiday, Egypt's cabinet spokesperson Hossam El-Qawish announced on Tuesday afternoon.


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