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Awal Muharram in Malaysia

national and public holidays in Malaysia National holiday in Malaysia

Awal Muharram or Hijri New Year is celebrated by Muslims as the day symbolises two important events in the Muslim year

When is Awal Muharram in Malaysia?

How long until Awal Muharram ?
This holiday next takes place in 3 Days.
Dates of Awal Muharram
Year Weekday Date
2019 Sunday September 1st
2018 Tuesday September 11th
2017 Friday September 22nd
2016 Sunday October 2nd
2015 Wednesday October 14th
Duration
1 Day
Summary
Marks Islamic New Year and the Prophet Muhammad's journey from Mecca to Medina in 622AD.

Also known as Maal Hijrah, Awal Muharram is a federal holiday in Malaysia.

It is celebrated by Muslims as the day symbolises two important events in Islam.

Awal means beginning in English and Muharram is the name of the first month in the Muslim calendar, so Awal Muharram is New Year's Day in the Islamic calendar.

The day also coincides with the Prophet Muhammad's journey from Mecca to Medina on the first of Muharram in 622AD.

How is Awal Muharram celebrated in Malaysia?

To mark Awal Muharram, Muslims attend various religious activities, spiritual singing, religious meetings throughout the country.

They recite Koranic verses and hold special prayers and sermons at public halls and mosques.

To mark the occasion, a 'Tokoh Ma'al Hijrah' is awarded to a Muslim personality to honour their contribution to Islam.

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