Muharram or Islamic New Year begins

Muḥarram is the first month of the Islamic calendar and is often called the month of remembrance and the holiest month after Ramadan.

The month starts with formal and memorial events rather than joyful celebrations.

Sunni Muslims fast around the 10th day of Muharram, also known as the Day of Ashura.

During Muharram, Shia Muslims do different things to respect martyred Hussein ibn Ali, the grandson of Muhammad and son of Ali, in the Battle of Karbala.

Shia Muslims mourn for Hussein ibn Ali and stay away from all joyous events.

Some Muslims may also attend special prayer meets in mosques or homes.

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