Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Winter Traditions and Holidays Part 25 - Eid al-Mawlid an-Nabawī al-Mawlid an-Nabawī (المولد النبوي),

2016 date
sunset, 11 December – nightfall, 12 December (Sunnis)
sunset, 16 December – nightfall, 17 December (Shias)
  • Mawlid is the observance of the birthday of the Islamic prophet Muhammad which is celebrated often on the 12th day of Rabi' al-awwal, the third month in the Islamic calendar.
  • Most denominations of Islam approve of the commemoration of Muhammad's birthday; however, some denominations do not celebrate.
  • Mawlid is recognized as a national holiday in most of the Muslim-majority countries of the world except Saudi Arabia and Qatar
  • 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.

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