New Years Celebrations

“And he who was seated on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.’” Revelation 21:5‬‬ ESV 

Viewpoint: The people of KSA do not follow the Gregorian calendar, although many acknowledge it; instead, they follow a Hijri (Islamic) calendar. The Islamic New Year changes every year. This year, it fell on July 18th. Muslims observe this holiday because Hijri comes from the word Hijra, which means migration; the start of the Hijri calendar is the migration of their prophet Mohammad from Mecca to Madina. Celebrating the new year, Hijri or Gregorian, is frowned upon by more conservative Muslims. During the Islamic New Year, some families and friends may gather. When the Gregorian New Year arrives, many people in KSA recognize it and may even send holiday greetings to their Western friends. 

Prayer Points: As 2023 ends and 2024 begins, pray that the people of KSA will look back over the year and feel like something is missing; ask that they search to fill the emptiness inside. Pray that they will connect with believers that point them to Jesus.