Holidays are always fun. Aren’t they? What if they come with some festivity and spiritualism? Obviously, that would make the off-days great. You can get all this in Muslim Holidays. Some of them bring in great festivity whereas the others require you to remember the efforts and sacrifices of the Holy personalities. Let’s have a look at some of the important religious events that ultimately result in Islamic Holidays.
Muslim Holidays – Ashura Holidays:
Ashura is in the first month of Islamic Calendar. The 9th and 10th of Muharram accounts for the sacrifices made by Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) and His Family. In order to accolade the bravery and courage of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA), these two days are given high importance.
In most of the Muslim couyries, both these days of 9th and 10th Muharram or Ashura are the declared holidays. This year Ashura is on 28th and 29th August 2020. So, if you are looking to pray tribute to Hazrat Imam Husain (RA), then you should be remembering this date from the Gregorian Calendar.
This is the fortieth day after Ashura. So, it is observed on the 20th of Safar ul Muzaffar as the chehlum of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA). It is one of the largest gatherings in the Muslim community when around 45 million Muslims visit the Karbala in Iraq.
This year Arbaeen would be on October 8th 2020.
Eid Milad un Nabi:
Eid Milad un Nabi is the the first Eid of the year and is celebrated as the Muslim holiday. It is the birthday of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). 12th of Rabbiul Awal (3rd Islamic Month) is the agreed upon date for this celebration. Usually, gatherings are arranged to recite Drood and praise Him. In the Gregorian Calendar, Eid Milad un Nabi is celebrated on 29 October, 2020.
Layla tul Qadr:
Layla tul Qadr is the night of blessings and can be considered as an Islamic holiday. It is not exactly a Muslim holiday but definitely it is important in the lives of the Muslims. In the Gregorian Calendar, you can find this night between 12 & 22 May 2020.
This is another important event and an equivalent of the Muslim Holidays. It is the last night of Ramadan in which Muslims prepare for the Eid next day. Although, these days, Muslims spend this night in finalizing their preparations for the Eid, but this is another night of blessings that can provide a lot of reward to Allah Almighty.
23 May 2020 is the chaand raat this year. Make sure to enjoy this night and get the reward as well.
Islamic Holidays – Eid Al Fitr:
This is another Muslim holiday that you can enjoy. It is celebrated on the 1st of Shawwal. You can consider it as a gift for fasting for the entire month of Ramadan. This Eid involves a lot of food especially sweet dishes.
Wishing friends and relatives with Eid greetings and messages of Eid Mubarak is considered as an important festivity of this Eid. So, you should not be missing this aspect. It is better to meet people in person and greeting them Eid Mubarak. However, in this world of technology, sending Eid Greetings through Eid Mubarak messages can do the job too. Additionally, on this Eid, Children dress up in new clothes and get “Eidi” from the elders.
Apart from the involvement of festivity, it is important that the needy people are made the part of this event. You should not forget these people on this special Day. Sharing the day and happiness with the needy is the basic teaching of Islam and it needs to be taken care of in every event, celebration and even in the daily life.
Eid ul Fitr, this year, would be celebrated on May 24rd, 2020. There could be a difference of one day depending upon the sight of the moon.
Hajj, which is the fifth pillar of Islam, is a congressional event in Mecca that requires Muslims to perform specific set of activities. It is one of the holiest days in the year. In the Islamic calendar, Hajj is performed every year from 8–13 Dhū al-Ḥijja. This year, these dates would be between July 28 to August 2nd, 2020.
Usually, not all these five days are the Islamic holidays, rather the Muslim holidays are for 3-4 days (combining the Hajj and the Eid Holidays). The day of Hajj or 10 Zil Hajj is the holiday according to the Muslim Calendar. Additionally, the holiday for Eid ul Adha accompanies this holiday. We’ll be discussing this Eid and the Islamic holidays associated with it in the next section.
Muslim Holidays – Eid Al Adha 2020:
This is commonly known as the Eid of Animals, Bakra Eid or Eid of Sacrifice. It is right after the Hajj. on this Eid, Muslims sacrifice animals in the name of Allah to fulfill the sunnah of Hazrat Ibrahim (A.S). This is done to remember His (A.S) sacrifice on the Bakra Eid. The meat is distributed in three halves with one portion specifically dedicated for the poor and needy. Similarly, one half is set aside for the relatives and friends whereas the last half is for the sacrificer.
The ultimate aim of this Eid is to involve the entire society in the festivity and happiness. Apart from festivity, it is followed by one of the important pillars of Islam i.e. Hajj. There are three days in which Muslims can sacrifice animals and thus are the three Islamic holidays.
31st July – 2nd August are the three official holidays on the account of Eid. These dates are subject to the sight of the moon and can be delayed by one day.
Islamic Holiday Chart:
Here is the complete holiday chart for all the Muslim or Islamic holidays of the year. You can find the Eid 2020 and make your plans accordingly. There are no specific Muslim Holidays this December, but you can enjoy them at different points in the rest of the year.
|Event||Islamic Calendar||Gregorian Calendar|
|Ashura||9th and 10th of Muharram||28th and 29th August 2020|
|Arbaeen||20th of Safar ul Muzaffar||8th October 2020|
|Eid Milad un Nabi||12th Rabbi ul Awal||29th October, 2020|
|Layla tul Qadr||Odd nights of the last ashra of Ramadan||12 & 22 May 2020|
|Chand Raat||29th or 30th Ramadan||23rd May 2020|
|Eid ul Fitr||1st of Shawwal||24th May 2020|
|Hajj||9 Zil Hajj||29th July 2020|
|Eid ul Adha||10 -12 Zil Hajj||31st July-2nd August 2020|