Muharram for the year 2009 starts on Friday, December 18th and ends on Thursday, January 15th. Because the Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar with days starting at sunset, the holiday begins at sunset of the previous day on Thursday, December 17th.
Muharram is the first month in the Islamic calendar. The first day of Muharram is considered by many Muslims as the start of the New year for Islam. This day is not a public holiday so government and business offices will be open depending on the day. Celebrated on the 10th day of Muharram is Ashura, a day of reflection and fasting.
Days to Muharram 2009
Friday, December 18th is day number 352 of the 2009 calendar year with -10 years, -10 months, -5 days until the start of the celebration/ observance of Muharram 2009.