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Islam - Holidays and Festivals 2008

Wednesday 9 January:


Al-Hijira: Islamic New Year. Marks the migration of the Prophet Mohammad and his followers from Mecca to Medina

Saturday 19 January:

Ashura: Islamic holy day observed on the 10th of the Islamic month of Muharram. Shi'ite Muslims regard it as a major festival marking the martydom of the Prophet's grandson, Hussein.

Thursday 20 March:

Milad un Nabi (Birthday of the Prophet Muhammad): Shia Muslims celebrate this 5 days later. Some Muslims do not approve of celebrating the birthday, and regard doing so as a religious innovation.

Tuesday 2 September:

Ramadan (start): Ramadan is the Muslim month of fasting.

Wednesday 1 October:

Eid-Ul-Fitr: The end of Ramadan when Muslims celebrate the end of fasting and thank Allah for His help with their month-long act of self-control.

Monday 8 December:

Hajj (start): The annual pilgrimage to Mecca that Muslims should complete at least once in their lifetime.

Thursday 11 December:

Eid-Ul-Adha: Festival of Sacrifice marking the day after Arafat. The Day of Arafat is the most important day in the Hajj ritual. This is a four day holiday

Monday 29 December:

Al-Hijira: Islamic New Year. Marks the migration of the Prophet Mohammad and his followers from Mecca to Medina

For information on what Muslims believe, read > Introduction to Islam