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In Jewish legend the world was created on New Year's day. No cosmological significance attaches to the First of Muharram, the official opening of the Muslim year. . . . These contradictory computations of the New Year are an instructive illustration of the sometimes rather casual coexistence of Islamic patterns of behavior. The best the theologians could do was to suggest a tie connecting the pagan survival with an incident of Muslim history or legend.

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Source Notes: Muhammadan Festivals (chapter 3, "Ramadan") (1951). Von Grunenbaum notes the variety of dates and customs for celebrating Islamic New Year. He says that in "India and Indonesia the day is set aside for the dead," and that in Egypt "it is believed that on New Year, the Lotus-Tree at the Boundary of Paradise is shaken so that the leaves inscribed with the names of those who will die during the year will fall." Persians, and Muslims in Iraq, Syria, and Egypt celebrate in the spring and commemorate it with a sprinkling of water which signifies the good omen of rain and purification.

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