|Islamic New Year at Tanah Lot|
Today across the archipelago of Indonesia is the Islamic New Year, Muharram 1428 AH. We would like to extend our best wishes to all Muslims on this special day. The Muslim New Year is a cultural event which some Muslims partake on the first day of Muharram, the first month in the Islamic Calendar. Although there is no religious significance attached to this day, many Muslims use the day to remember the life of the Prophet Muhammad and the Hijra, or emigration, he made to the city now known as Medina. Recently, in many areas of Muslim population, people have begun exchanging cards and gifts on this day.
However, not all Muslims partake of this event. Shia Muslims do not partake in such activities since the month is observed as a month of mourning in honor of Imam Hussain, who was martyred in the Battle of Karbala on Muharram 10th. Sunni Muslims believe that this is the day that the first Caliph Abu Bakr died. Since the Islamic lunar calendar year is 11 to 12 days shorter than the solar year, Muharram migrates throughout the seasons.
Recently, in many areas of Muslim population, people have begun exchanging cards and gifts on this day. Today is holiday for most people. And most people spend their holiday to some of hotspot and also to Tanah Lot Tourism Object. Most visitor came with their family or their friend. According to data from management of Tanah Lot, total of visit yesterday reach until 13.131 visitor both domestic and foreigner. And on two days ago before total of visit reach until 11.657 visitor both domestic and foreigner. That's mean yesterday, total of visit increase compare with two days ago because exact with sunday.