As the Muslim world observes the start of their new Hijri year on Tuesday, several countries with Muslim-majority populations are celebrating the new year with a public holiday to have time for celebrations.
The occasion of the new year commemorates the hijra (migration) year, when Prophet Muhammad migrated with his followers from Mecca to Madina after 1440 years. The migration has an important role in the founding of the first Muslim community.
The Islamic year begins with sighting the moon for the month of Muharram - the first month in the year, which lasts for 12 months.
While most Muslim countries officially use the Gregorian calendar, the Islamic calendar is still used in Saudi Arabia and other countries to determine Islamic holidays and feasts.
Muslims on social media launched hashtags like: “Your wishes for 1440” and “Happy new Hijri year 1440” to share greetings and wishes for the new year. Thousands of posts were shared from different parts of the world, to welcome in the traditional festival.
As the new Islamic year coincides with the new Hebrew year, Muslims and Jews took the chance to wish each others happy new year.
Many users in the Middle East went to remember the wars currently ongoing in several Muslim countries including Yemen, Syria and Palestine, praying for peace in the Middle East and the whole world.
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