Milad Un-Nabi: How India And Other Countries Celebrate The Festival

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Milad un-Nabi is celebrated as Prophet's birthday on the 12th day of the Islamic month of Rabi' al-awwal. Check it out how Indians & others celebrate it.

Written By Akanksha Ghotkar | Mumbai | Updated On:
Milad un-Nabi

Sunni Muslims observe the Prophet Muhammed's (also known as Mohammed or Muhammad). Muhammed was born in Mecca, now in Saudi Arabia, in the year 570 of the Gregorian calendar. The precise date of his birth is unclear. However, Sunni Muslims observe Muhammed's birthday on the 12th day of the Islamic month of Rabi' al-awwal, while Shi'a Muslims mark it on the 17th day of this month. The 17th day of Rabi' al-awwal commemorates the birth of the sixth Shi'a iman, Ja'far al-Sadiq. The term Mawlid is used in Egypt and Sudan to refer to the birthdays of both Muhammed and local Sufi saints.

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How do the People in India Celebrate the day?

Many people carry green flags or banners or wear green ribbons or items of clothing when taking part in these events. The colour green represents Islam and paradise. Many Kashmiri Muslims gather at the Hazratbal shrine in Srinagar, which is in the Indian province of Jammu and Kashmir. It houses a hair that is believed to have come from the Prophet Mohammad. Thousands of people attend prayers at the shrine on the night before Milad un-Nabi. The relic is displayed in the mosque after the morning prayers. It was paraded through the town in previous years.

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How people celebrate in Muslim countries?

  • Night-long prayer meetings.
  • Marches and parades involving large crowds. 
  • Sandal rites over the symbolic footprints of the Prophet Muhammad.
  • Festive banners and bunting on and in homes, mosques and other buildings.
  • Communal meals in mosques and other community buildings.
  • Meetings to listen to stories and poems (nats) about Mohammad's life, deeds and teachings.
  • Exhibitions featuring photos of mosques in the holy cities of Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia.

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Calendar

Year Date Name Day Holiday Type
2020 29 Oct Milad un-Nabi/Id-e-Milad Thu

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2019 10 Nov Milad un-Nabi/Id-e-Milad Sun 

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2018 21 Nov Milad un-Nabi/Id-e-Milad Wed

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2017 2 Dec Milad un-Nabi/Id-e-Milad Sat 

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2016 13 Dec Milad un-Nabi/Id-e-Milad Tue

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2015 4 Jan Milad un-Nabi/Id-e-Milad Sun

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