2016 : Muslim and Jew Celebrated New Year on the same Day

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Muharram and Rosh Hashnanah Coincides.

This year, thanks to an unusual calendar quirk  Muslims and Jews can wish each other happy new year on the same day. Though they differ in many ways, both religions are ‘Abrahamic’ and share many similarities with recurring themes of repentance and renewal and practices of fasting and purification common to the two. Here is a look at what they are both about.

Islamic New Year : Muharram

Islamic festival dates fall in different dates each year :The Islamic calendar is lunar-based and is 11-12 days shorter than the solar-based Gregorian calendar. This is why the Islamic New Year falls on a different Gregorian calendar date each year.

Muslims the world over are commemorating the 1438th Islamic or ‘Hijri’ New Year. Sunset on October 2 this year marked the beginning of the holy month of Muharram .

Jewish New Year: Rosh Hashnanah

The Jewish (Hebrew) Calendar is based on luni-solar cycles and can have anywhere from 353 to 385 days in a year. It marks ‘the creation’ which is believed to have happened around 3760 BC. Rosh Hashnanah or ‘Yom Teruah’ is a two-day-celebration of the Jewish New Year for people, animals and contracts. It translates as ‘Feast of Trumpets’ and is the first of the Jewish ‘High Holy Days’. Rosh Hashnanah is the first day of the month of Tishrei and is said to be the traditional anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve. Like Muslim festivals the day begins at sunset the evening before.

Interfaith Harmony

A harmonious interaction between Jews and Muslims could once be found in a tradition from Morocco. For hundreds of years, Jews would bring Muslims the ‘first bread’ with which to break their final Ramadan fast. Similarly, Muslims would bring their Jewish neighbours their first taste of bread when the Passover festival had ended.

It seems that thanks to the coinciding of the two events this year, similar interactions are taking place around the world.

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Singing practice…learning a song in Yiddish for Jewish and Muslim New Year

It seems that thanks to the coinciding of the two events this year, similar interactions are taking place around the world.

Ref: Euro News

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  2. i wish we all could exist in peace and harmony. For many years throughout history Muslims, Jews, Chrisitans and other faiths existed alongside each other without hatred and war. we could take a lesson from that. May ALLAH azza wajal grant us goodness. ameen

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