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Important Muslim Holidays

Muharram - 1 Muharram
New Year

The year is counted from when Muhammad emigrated from Mecca to Medina (July 16, 622), known as the Hegira. The new year is celebrated by prayers, readings, and reflections upon the Hegira.

Mawlid al-Nabi (12 Rabi 1)
Muhammad's Birthday

Mawlid translates to birthday of a holy figure and al-Nabi means prophet. This day is celebrated with recollections of Muhammad's life. Some Islamic sects, such as the Wahhabi, do not celebrate this day.

Ramadan (1 Ramadan)
Month of Fasting

Ramadan is the Islamic month of fasting where Muslims refrain from drinking or eating in excess from sunrise to sunset. The fasting is meant to teach Muslims patience, modesty, and spirituality. The month is also celebrated by alms-giving and additional prayer.

Eid al-Fitr (1 Shawwal)
Breaking the Fast

The celebration of the end of Ramadan (a month of fasting). Eid al-Fitr literally means breaking the fast. This holiday is celebrated by wearing nice cloths, decorating homes with lights and decorations, giving treats to children, and visiting friends and family. Muslims are also encouraged to give to the poor and make contributions to mosques on Eid al-Fitr.

Eid al-Adha (10 Dhu'l-Hijjah)
Feast of Sacrifice

This is the celebration of Abraham sacrificing his son, Ishmael, in order to obey Allah. Allah saw Abraham's willingness to obey and replaced Ishmael with a ram to save his life. This celebration lasts three days and occurs after the annual Hajj. This festival is celebrated by sacrificing a lamb or other animal and giving the meat to relatives, friends, and the poor.


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