Saturday October 25th is the first day of the Islamic New Year. We are now in Year 1436! Islamic Calendar is also known as Hijri Calendar. The Islamic Calendar is Lunar Calendar (based on moon cycles) consisting of 354 days. A new month comes with every new moon. The first Islamic year began in 622 AD and is dated from the time of Hijrah (migration) of the Prophet Muhammad (saw) from Makkah to Medina.
Contrast to Traditional non-Muslim New Year celebrations, Muslims do not celebrate the Islamic New Year but instead reflect and renew their spirit. We do not call each other and say “Happy Islamic New Year” or drink apple cider but instead we make dua (supplication to god). This first day of the Islamic Month “Muharram” is used to read prayers and reflect.