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KP Govt announces 1st Muharram public holiday.

PESHAWAR -- The government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has announced public holiday across the province on the occasion of 1st Muharram.

In a notified issued here the provincial government has announced public holiday for Friday (today).

Muharram is the first month of the Islamic calendar. On the first day of Muharram, the Islamic New Year is observed by Muslims. The Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar, and is 11 to 12 days shorter than the solar year.

Hence it is a little different from the Gregorian calender that is used in the western nations. When compared with the Gregorian calendar, which is a solar calendar, the lunar month of Muharram shifts from year to year.

The month of Muharram is of great religious significance to Islamic people the world over. It is held to be the most sacred of all the months, excluding Ramadan.

The word Muharram is often considered synonymous with Ashura, the tenth day of the Muharram month.

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Date:Oct 15, 2015
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