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Hijra - New Year

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This is the Muslim New Year, the beginning of the first lunar month and the first day of the New Year. 

Al-Hijira is celebrated on the first day of Muharram, the month in which Mohammed emigrated from


Mecca to Medina in the year 622 CE.

Islamic years are calculated from 622 CE, and are followed by the suffix AH (after Hijira).  There are no specific religious observances attached to this day.  Muslims may exchange greeting cards or spend the day in reflection of the year to come.

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