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At the time of the Hijra, the Prophet Muhammad and his companions travelled from Makkah to Medina. After being expelled from their lands by Makkah’s rule of law, the Prophet Muhammad found locals in Medinah who were united by the Message.

As a result, this historic event, which saw the founding of the Muslim community and the beginnings of the Islamic calendar year, is recognized as a very significant day in the history of Islam.

Muharram 2023 in Kuwait date

This year, the first day of Muharram, or Hijri New Year 2023 in Kuwait will be expected to fall on the evening of Saturday, July 19.

A year in the Hijri or Islamic calendar involves 12 months and spans nearly 354 days. So, when compared with the Gregorian calendar that follows the revolution of the Earth around the Sun, the Islamic Year falls short by 10 – 11 days. Naturally, the date for the Hijri New Year shifts from year to year and doesn’t sync with the Gregorian calendar.

The sunset ushers in a new day and hence a new year. Most Islamic institutes herald the first sighting of the crescent of the new moon as the start of the new year. Exceptions to this practice include several Islamic organizations and countries, such as Saudi Arabia, which rely on astronomical calculations to determine the date beforehand. Accordingly, there are differences in the Hijri new year dates from one place to another.

Muharram 2023 public holiday in Kuwait

Muharram is considered a public holiday in Kuwait. On July 19, all businesses and public spaces may be closed due to the celebration of the Hijri New Year.

How is Muharram celebrated in Kuwait?

Islamic New Year or Hijri New Year is marked as the beginning of Muharram. Mosques have solemn divine services as the locals celebrate the first day with close people. People are forbidden to fight with anyone during the entire month of Muharram as people pray for happiness for all the good deeds they have done.

As for the Kuwaitis, they celebrate the Hijri New Year by gathering at the mosque as they listen to the preacher’s sermon about the history of Muharram month. On the 9th and 10th days, they would perform a fast to commemorate the month.

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