Islamic Holidays

Eid Al-Fitr is celebrated at the end of Ramadan (a month of fasting during daylight hours), and Muslims may invoke zakat (charity) on the occasion which begins after the new moon sighting for the beginning of Shawal. The Eid al-Fitr celebration begins with prayers the morning of the 1st of Shawal, and is followed by breakfast, and often celebratory meals throughout the day.

Eid Al-Adha is celebrated on the tenth day of Dhu al-Hijjah when Hajj (pilgrimage) takes place, and lasts for four days. Muslims may invoke an act of zakat and friendship by the slaughter of a sheep and distribute its meat in 3 parts: among family, friends, and the poor. Muslims are also encouraged to be especially friendly and reach out to one another during this period.

Both of the holidays occur in the lunar based Islamic calendar which is different from the solar based Gregorian calendar. The Islamic calendar is based on the synodic period of the Moon’s revolution around the Earth, approximately 29​12 days. The Islamic calendar alternates months of 29 and 30 days (which begin with the new moon). Twelve of these months make up an Islamic year, which is 11 days shorter than the Gregorian year. The Gregorian calendar is based on the orbital period of the Earth’s revolution around the Sun, approximately days.

Kaaba during Hajj

Kaaba during Hajj

Islamic Eid holidays

Main articles: Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha

Religious practices

Fasting

Main article: Ramadan

Muslims fast from dawn to sunset during Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, when the Quran was revealed to Muhammad.[1] Fasting is a purifying experience so that Muslims can gain compassion and deepen their faith in Allah.[2]

The act of fasting represents the condition experienced by the needy, who although already hungry must also fast for Ramadan. Muslims fast by denying themselves food, water and all related sexual activity with their spouses, but people with chronic diseases or unhealthy conditions such as diabetes, and children are exempt from fasting. Travelers, and women who are menstruating or nursing a baby, are exempt from fasting as well during their special situation but are required to fast later. A person’s observance of fasting can be for naught if religiously forbidden acts are made, such as Ghibah (backbiting others) and deceiving others.

Pilgrimage

Diagram indicating the order of Hajj rituals

Diagram indicating the order of Hajj rituals

Hajj

Main article: Hajj

Umrah

Main article: Umrah

Dates of holidays and other days of note

Hijri date 1440 AH 1441 AH 1442 AH
Islamic New Year 1 Muḥarram 11 Sep. 2018 31 Aug. 2019 20 Aug. 2020
Ashura 10 Muḥarram 20 Sep. 2018 9 Sep. 2019 29 Aug. 2020
Arba’een 20 Ṣafar 30 Oct. 2018 19 Oct. 2019 8 Oct. 2020
Eid-e-Shuja’ (Eid-e-Zahra) 9 Rabī‘ al-Awwal 17 Nov. 2018 6 Nov. 2019 26 Oct. 2020
Mawlid an-Nabī (‘Birthday of the Prophet’ [Muhammad])[d] 12 Rabī‘ al-Awwal (Sunni) 20 Nov. 2018 9 Nov. 2019 29 Oct. 2020
17 Rabī‘ al-Awwal (Shia) 25 Nov. 2018 14 Nov. 2019 3 Nov. 2020
Birthday of ‘Alī ibn Abī Ṭālib 13 Rajab 20 Mar. 2019 8 Mar. 2020 25 Feb. 2021
Laylat al-Mi’raj 27 Rajab 3 Apr. 2019 22 Mar. 2020 11 Mar. 2021
Laylat al-Bara’at 15 Sha‘bān 20 Apr. 2019 8 Apr. 2020 28 Mar. 2021
Birthday of Muhammad al-Mahdī 15 Sha‘bān 20 Apr. 2019 8 Apr. 2020 28 Mar. 2021
First day of Ramaḍān 1 Ramaḍān 6 May 2019 24 Apr. 2020 13 Apr. 2021
Laylat al-Qadr 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, or 29 Ramaḍān between
24 May & 3 June 2019
between
12 & 22 May 2020
between
1 & 11 May 2021
Chaand Raat 29 or 30 Ramaḍān 3 June 2019 23 May 2020 12 May 2021
Eid al-Fitr 1 Shawwāl 4 June 2019 24 May 2020 13 May 2021
Hajj 8–13 Dhū al-Ḥijja 9–14 Aug. 2019 29 July – 3 Aug. 2020 18–23 July 2021
Day of Arafah 9 Dhū al-Ḥijja 10 Aug. 2019 30 July 2020 19 July 2021
Eid al-Adha 10 Dhū al-Ḥijja 11 Aug. 2019 31 July 2020 20 July 2021
Eid al-Ghadeer 18 Dhū al-Ḥijja 19 Aug. 2019 8 Aug. 2020 28 July 2021
Eid al-Mubahalah 24 Dhū al-Ḥijja 25 Aug. 2019 14 Aug. 2020 3 Aug. 2021

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References

  1.  Reza, Aslan, (2011). No god but God : the origins and evolution of Islam (1st ed.). New York: Delacorte Press. pp. 118–119. ISBN9780385739757OCLC614990718.
  2.  Molly., Aloian, (2009). Ramadan. New York: Crabtree. ISBN0778742857OCLC227911610.
  3.  “Special Islamic Days”IslamicFinder. Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  4.  “Islamic Calendar”IslamicFinder. Retrieved 1 October 2016.

Adapted from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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