The United States is set to mark the start of the Muslim New Year with a number of religious celebrations.
Many of these will focus on the themes of rebirth, forgiveness and spiritual growth, including the celebration of the new year in mosques, Buddhist temples and the Buddhist New Year in Singapore.
While many of these celebrations are scheduled to occur in the months of January, February and March, it is likely that the United States will observe the celebrations as soon as possible, a Muslim official in Singapore told The Hill.
“I think the US should not be celebrating in the middle of Ramadan, which is not only a festival of mourning, but also an important religious occasion, so it is best that they celebrate in the first half of the year,” the official said.
The official, who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media, added that the Muslim community in the US is looking forward to observing the celebrations, as well as other religious celebrations, including Hanukkah, Christmas and Easter.
The official said he was surprised to hear the White House would celebrate New Year celebrations during Ramadan, because the United Nations has called for all Muslim countries to observe Muslim holidays.
While the United Kingdom and France, which are also Muslim countries, have already held Muslim New Years events, they have also faced criticism for allowing Muslim festivals to overshadow religious holidays.
Muslim leaders have also voiced their disappointment with the United State’s decision to allow Muslim New York City to hold a large Muslim New year celebration in mid-February.
In May, Muslims in Saudi Arabia and Egypt will celebrate the Muslim Eid al-Fitr festival.
Although it is not known whether the United Arab Emirates will observe Muslim New years, it could be a symbolic event, the official added.
Meanwhile, in Iran, Muslims will celebrate Eid al Khalil, the third Muslim festival, which marks the return of the Islamic calendar to the Islamic world.
The event is not expected to include the celebration in mosques.
The United States, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan have already all held Muslim holidays during the Muslim month of Ramadan.