Dates and Origins of Ra's as-Sanah

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Ra's as-Sanah Dates in 2017, 2018 and 2019

Ra's as-Sanah is celebrated at the following dates:

  • Thursday, September 21st 2017
  • Tuesday, September 11th 2018
  • Sunday, September 1st 2019

Ra's as-Sanah is the Arabic phrase for "head of the new year"1. It signifies the first day in the Islamic calendar1. Instead of being a strictly religious observance, it is used more as a day of reflection of the past year, as well as planning for the coming year1.

Origins

The first Islamic year, and therefore the first Ra's as-Sanah, started in 622 AD when the Prophet Muhammed emigrated from Mecca to Medina2. This is known as the Hijra2.

Celebration

In the Islamic calendar, a new day begins at sunset3. Therefore, Ra's as-Sanah commences when one can first see the moon3. Although there is no traditional method of observance, many Muslims spend the day praying and fasting.

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