Dates and Origins of Ra's as-Sanah
Ra's as-Sanah Dates in 2018, 2019 and 2020
Ra's as-Sanah is celebrated at the following dates:
- Tuesday, September 11th 2018
- Sunday, September 1st 2019
- Thursday, August 20th 2020
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.
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.