This month the IDEAs Council chose to highlight Muharram Islamic New Year and Pioneer Day.

Muharram, the Islamic New Year, is a sacred and significant time for Muslims around the world. It marks the beginning of the Islamic lunar calendar and is observed with reflection, prayer and acts of charity.

The month of Muharram holds special importance, particularly for Shia Muslims, who commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Hussain, the grandson of the prophet Muhammad, during the Battle of Karbala in 680 AD. This period is a time of mourning, self-reflection and solidarity, as believers honor the values of justice, sacrifice and standing against oppression. The first day of the Islamic New Year was Sunday, July 7.


Pioneer Day is celebrated in Utah on July 24 each year. It commemorates the arrival of the Mormon pioneers into the Salt Lake Valley in 1847. The day is marked with parades, fireworks, rodeos and other festivities that honor the culture, sacrifices and achievements of early settlers who helped establish communities in the western frontier.

Pioneer Day is a time to reflect on the history and identity of the state of Utah. In addition to being an official state holiday, Pioneer Day is considered a special occasion by many members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). On Pioneer Day, some Latter-day Saints walk portions of the Mormon Trail or reenact entering the Salt Lake Valley by handcart.

Upcoming Topics:

August – Krishna Janmashtami and Marcus Garvey Day

September – Suicide Prevention Month and Mexican Independence Day

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