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Morocco: Happy (Islamic) New Year!

After celebrating the advent of 2008, Moroccan bloggers now have something else to get excited about…the beginning of 1429 in the Hijra calendar.

The View From Fez wishes all of its readers a happy new year:

Moroccans celebrated the Islamic New Year (1429 anno hegirae) today and we would like to wish all our readers HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Braveheart-does-the-Maghreb shares traditions of new year celebrations in other cultures:

Moroccans will celebrate the Islamic New Year (1429 anno hegirae) Thursday, January 10, a communiqué of the Ministry of Habous and Islamic Affairs announced on Wednesday.

The Islamic New Year begins with the first day of Muharram, the first month in the Islamic calendar. This day is celebrated to pay homage to Prophet Muhammad's (PBUH) emigration from Makkah to Madinah. Since the Islamic lunar calendar, introduced in 634 A.D., is 11-12 days shorter than the solar calendar, the date of the holiday changes each year.

Mosque in Beirut

Agharass, les délires de mes écrits (fr) sends wishes even to extraterrestrials:

Bonne Année Hijri 1429 pour toute la Blogoma, c’est l’occasion de vous souhaiter mes sincères souhaits de bonheur, une vie pleins de joie ; partage et amour pour mes lectrices et lecteurs de toute cette planète et pourquoi pas les marciens s’il arrivent a me lire

Happy Hijra New Year 1429 to all of the Blogoma, this is an occasion to wish you my sincere hopes of happiness, a life filled with joy; sharing and love for my readers and readers from all over this planet and why not the Martians if they are able to read me

Finally, citoyenhmida sends a simple message to readers:

A l’ocaasion de la nouvelle année de l’Hégire,

je présente mes voeux les plus sincères de bonheur, de santé et de prospérité

à tous nos compatriotes, d’ici et d’ailleurs!

With the occasion of the Hijra new year, I present my most sincere wishes of happiness, health and prosperity to all of my compatriots, from here and beyond!

Creative Commons-licensed photo of the Mohammad al Amin Mosque, Beirut by Muslima 2006

1 comment

  • SEGHROUCHNI

    The Islamic New Year begins with the first day of Muharram, the first month in the Islamic calendar. This day is celebrated to pay homage to Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) emigration from Makkah to Madinah. Since the Islamic lunar calendar, introduced in 634 A.D., is 11-12 days shorter than the solar calendar, the date of the holiday changes each year.

    Sorry,

    It was not in 634 the hijra and nor the first calendar.

    634 is the caliphate of umar ibn khattab. In 638 the calendar islamic was decretated, in his calipate. In 622 there was the hijra.

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