Muslimpress:Muharram is one of the months in lunar calendar; the first 10 days of the month are mourned by Muslims due the sad martyrdom of Imam Hussein(AS). Muharram is held to be the second holiest month, following Ramadan. Some Muslims fast during these days. Muharram has significant religious importance for Muslims, beginning with the first day of the Islamic New Year. Each year, the holiday falls on a different day because the Islamic calendar is a lunar one and is 11 or 12 days shorter than the solar calendar used in Western countries. Muharram is one of the four holy months of Islam and unlawful acts, such as fighting and bloodshed, are forbidden. The term “Muharram” translates as “forbidden.” The Muslim New Year is really celebrated as a cultural holiday, not a particularly religious one but the holiday has different significance for Muslims. Muharram is a solemn holiday for Shiite Muslims, who mourn for the first 10 days. During this time, they do not black attire and participate in mourning gatherings. They visit mosques and shrines with their relatives to remember the martyr Imam Hussein, the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson, who was killed in the Battle of Karbala in A.D. 680 on the 10th day. This day is referred to as the day of Ashura. The Islamic New Year also marks the Prophet Mohammed’s journey from Mecca to Medina in what was the Gregorian year 622 AD. The Prophet’s journey is referred to as ‘hijira’. Muslims believe that other important events happened during the month of Muharram. It is said that Earth and heaven were created during this month.