Thursday, 30 May 2013

Islam Holidays

Islam Holidays History

Source(google.com.pk)
Like the holidays of many other religions, Islamic holidays (or holy days) are occasions to remember, commemorate, worship, and celebrate. Islam’s two major religious holidays are both festivals, 'Eid al-Fitr and 'Eid al-Adha. Eid al-Fitr is a three-day celebration immediately following Muslims' annual month-long fast during Ramadan. Eid al-Adha is held during the final month of the Islamic calendar, Dhu al-Hijja, as a celebration of the completion of hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca.


Muslim men in Pahang, Malaysia capture a cow for slaughter during Eid al-Adha
Muslims also commemorate significant events in their religious history, particularly in connection with the life of Muhammad.3 Because Islam uses a lunar calendar, with months coinciding with the cycle of the moon, Islamic religious holidays do not fall on the same date each year in the Gregorian calendar, and they may take place in any season of the year.

The following table lists a few major holidays celebrated by Muslims, their place in the Islamic calendar, and their corresponding dates in the Gregorian calendar for the next three years.

Holiday Islamic Calendar 2011 Gregorian Calendar 2012 Gregorian Calendar 2013 Gregorian Calendar
Al-Hijra 1 Muharram 26 November 15 November 5 November
'Ashura 10 Muharram 5 December 24 November 14 November
Mawlid al-Nabi 12 Rabi' I 15 February 4 February 24 January
Ramadan 1 Ramadan – 29/30 Ramadan 1 August – 29 August 20 July – 18 August 9 July – 7 August
'Eid al-Fitr 1 Shawwal 30 August 19 August 8 August
'Eid al-Adha 10 Dhu al-Hijja 6 November 26 October 15 October


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