sunset, 11 December – nightfall, 12 December (Sunnis)
sunset, 16 December – nightfall, 17 December (Shias)
- Most denominations of Islam approve of the commemoration of Muhammad's birthday; however, some denominations do not celebrate.
- Mawlid is celebrated in almost all Islamic countries, and in other countries that have a significant Muslim population, such as India, the United Kingdom, Nepal, Sri Lanka, France, Germany, Italy, Russia and Canada.
- Mawlid is celebrated in a carnival manner, large street processions are held and homes or mosques are decorated.
- Charity and food is distributed, and stories about the life of Muhammad are narrated with recitation of poetry by children.