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- Last Updated: March 12, 2013
- Originally Published: July 18, 2012
- The Faithology Editorial Staff
Like the holidays of many other religions, Islamic holidays (or holy days) are occasions to remember, commemorate, Islam’s two major religious holidays are both festivals, ' and ' . 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 ., and celebrate.
Muslims also commemorate significant events in their religious history, particularly in connection with the life of Muhammad. 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||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||30 August||19 August||8 August|
|'Eid al-Adha||10 Dhu al-Hijja||6 November||26 October||15 October|