Muharram 2017: When Is Muharram? Dates & Details 🗓

What day is Muharram on? Muharram 2017 is observed on a Friday in September. In 2016, it was on a Monday and Muharram in 2018 is on Wednesday, September 12, 2018.

Countdown to Muharram 2017 date is below, plus holiday history, activities, facts, details, and upcoming public holidays.

Many Muslims in countries such as the United States observe the start of the Islamic New Year on the first day of Muharram, which is the first month in the Islamic calendar.

When is Muharram 2017? This year Muharram is on Friday, September 22, 2017.

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The first day of Muharram, which is the first month in the Islamic calendar, marks the start of the Islamic New Year.

Below you will find all the details for Muharram 2017 including, are banks open, is there mail delivery and related holiday information.

Is Muharram a federal holiday?

No, Muharram is not a federal holiday. There are ten annual US federal holidays on the calendar designated by the United States Congress. The following federal holidays are established by law:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. (Third Monday in January).
  • Washington’s Birthday (Third Monday in February)
  • Memorial Day (Last Monday in May)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Labor Day (First Monday in September)
  • Columbus Day (Second Monday in October)
  • Veterans Day (November 11)
  • Thanksgiving Day (Fourth Thursday in November)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)

Is Muharram a national holiday?

The first day of Muharram is an Islamic observance and is not a federal public holiday in the United States. Muharram is not a national holiday. Unlike many other countries, there are no ‘national holidays’ in the United States because Congress only has constitutional authority to create holidays for federal institutions. Most federal holidays are also observered as state holidays.

Is Muharram a paid holiday?

The answer depends on your employer. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) does not require payment for time not worked, such as vacations or holidays (federal or otherwise).


Does the mail run on Muharram?

Yes, there will be mail delivery on Muharram. All post offices and federal offices of any kind will be open for the holiday, which means businesses and homes will receive mail. This also counts USPS and Fedex packages. See holiday schedule on USPS and Fedex. The only time mail is not being delivered is on federal holidays, which are listed above.

Are banks open on Muharram?

Muharram is a Muslim holiday, which means all federal offices, courts and most banks will be open. While most banks are open, some banks can operate on their own schedules, so it may be best to check with your local branches. U.S. stock and bond markets like the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ will be open. Grocery stores and malls are reportedly open.

If your bank is closed, it is still possible to conduct general banking transactions via ATM, online banking or your mobile phone. Apps and websites are running though not all normal functions may be accessed for the holiday.

Are stores open on Muharram?

On Muharram, most stores, restaurants, shopping centers, and malls are open. There are no holidays on which all businesses are closed by law. However, some stores may have shortened or extended holiday hours for the day. Stores may be operating on holiday schedule with limited or reduced hours of operation. Some businesses may be closed on in order to give their employees the day off. For restaurants, stores and other establishments specific to your area, you will have to check with the individual business.

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Muharram 2017

Holiday: Muharram
Date: September 22, 2017
Weekday: Friday
Holiday Type: Muslim
Presidents Day 2018: Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Presidents Day 2019: Sunday, September 1, 2019
Presidents Day 2020: Thursday, August 20, 2020

History & Origin

Muharram is the first month in the Islamic year and a time of mourning and peace. It is forbidden for Muslims to fight during this month. A number of important events in Islamic history have occurred during this month. These include:
The Battle of Karbala (currently in Iraq) in the year 680 CE, which enabled Husayn ibn Ali, a grandson of the Prophet Muhammed, and his army to enter the city on the first day of the month.

The restriction of Husayn ibn Ali’s access to water on the seventh day.

The death of Husayn ibn Ali and his clan (Ahl al-Bayt) on the 10th day of the month.

The Shi’a and Sunni denominations of Islam attach different weights to these events and mark them in different ways.

About Muharram in other countries

How To Celebrate Muharram

Some Islamic organizations in the United States post announcements reminding people of the first day of Muharram prior to the event. Muharram is one of the four sanctified months in the Islamic calendar. Some Muslim Americans choose to fast during this month, although fasting is not obligatory. Many Muslims engage in voluntary prayer, including evening prayer, during Muharram.

The Day of Ashura (or Ashurah) is known as the most sacred day in the month of Muharram. It is the 10th day of Muharram and is a day of fasting for many Sunni Muslims. Many Shi’a Muslims use the day to commemorate the martyrdom of Husayn ibn Ali in 680 CE. Some Muslims give to charity on this day.

How To Say Muharram in:

Spanish: Muharram
Norwegian: Muharram
German:

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