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Islamic New Year

Islamic New Year 2020, 2021 and 2022 in Brunei Darussalam

Islamic New Year is a public holiday for the people of Brunei. Many will fast and pray throughout the month of Muharram, especially during the first 10 days.

202020 AugThuIslamic New Year
202110 AugTueIslamic New Year
202230 JulSatIslamic New Year
202319 JulWedIslamic New Year
20248 JulMonIslamic New Year

The first day of the Islamic year is called “Awal Tahun Hijrah,” in reference to the first day of the Islamic “Hijrah” Calendar. The Islamic Calendar and dating system begins with the “hijrah” (flight) of Muhammad from Mecca to Medina in C.E. 622.

In Brunei, both Western New Year’s Day on 1 January and Islamic New Year’s Day on 1 Muharram are publicly recognised holidays. This makes sense since Brunei is predominantly Muslim and yet is interconnected to the rest of the world that largely follows the Gregorian Calendar.