CAIRO: An astronomical observation will be carried out Tuesday evening to determine the beginning of the new Muslim Hijri year 1437, Dar al-Ifta, the religious institution responsible for issuing religious edicts stated Tuesday.
“The sighting will be for the new crescent moon of Muhharam, the first month of the Islamic (Hijrii) calendar, during which prophet Mohamed emigrated from Mecca to Medina a journey the marked the beginning of the Islamic lunar calendar,” the organization said.
The new Hijrii year is expected to fall on either Wednesday, Oct. 14 or Thursday, Oct. 15 depending on Tuesday’s sighting.
Since the Hijri lunar calendar, which began in the year 622 A.D., is 10-12 days shorter than the Gregorian calendar, Hijrii months, Ramadan and Muslim feasts fall at different times every year.
On Saturday, the Cabinet announced that Wednesday will be an official holiday for public sector workers.