Islamic Holiday Muhammad’s Birthday, National holiday in several countries.
‘Mawlid’ is Celebrated by Muslims during the month of Rabiulawal, the third month of the Muslim calendar.
Shias observe the event on the 17th of the month, while Sunnis observe it on the 12th of the month.
As the Islamic calendar is based on lunar cycles, the date in the Gregorian calendar will vary each year. The Islamic Calendar is about 11 days shorter than the Gregorian calendar, meaning that in some years this holiday will occur twice.
Also known to Muslims in Malaysia as Maulud Nabi. This is purely a religious festival and is marked as a public holiday.
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was born on 12 Rabiulawal in 570 AD.
His birthday is celebrated with religious lectures and recitals of verses from the Koran.
The basic earliest accounts for the observance of Mawlid can be found in 8th century Mecca, when the house in which Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was born was transformed into a place of prayer.
Though public celebrations of the birth of Muhammad (PBUH) did not occur until four centuries after his passing away. The oldest Mawlid-text is claimed to be from the 12th century and most likely being of Persian origin.
Different countries celebrate Holiday in a diffent days.
When is Muhammad’s Birthday in 2016?
December 11th in Bahrain, Maldives, United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates
December 12th in Algeria, Bangladesh, Egypt, Ethiopia, Fiji, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Tunisia, Yemen.
Some regions of India selebrate it even December 13th.