16. Why did Egyptians celebrate this past December 7?
Answer to Egypt Quiz #16
December 7, 2010 corresponds to Islamic New Year’s Day or Al Hijra, 1432 AH.
The Islamic calendar is marked from the date of Mohammed’s Hijra or emigration from Medina to Mecca, in the year 622 AD as represented by the Gregorian calendar.
Islamic months are based on movements of the moon, as opposed to Gregorian months that reference the sun. The Islamic year is 354 days long and so does not align with the Gregorian year.
Al Hijra was celebrated as a public holiday in Egypt, with offices and schools being closed.