Islamic holidays

There are two official holidays in Islam: Eid Al-Fitr and Eid Al-Adha. Eid Al-Fitr is celebrated at the end of Ramadan (a month of fasting), and Muslims usually give zakat (charity) on the occasion. Eid Al-Adha is where Muslims usually sacrifice an animal and distribute its meat among family, friends and the poor.

Both Islamic holidays follow the lunar calendar, and thus move each year relative to the solar calendar. The Islamic calendar has 12 months and 354 days on a regular year, and 355 days on a leap year.

Eid holidays

Main articles: Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha

Religious practice

Fasting

Main article: Ramadan

Ramadan is the month in which Muslims must fast from dawn to sunset. This is meant to feel how the poor people are without food or water. In addition, Muslims fast by denying themselves both food and drink. This, they believe in turn allows for the nourishment of the soul. In addition, there are culture-specific beliefs regarding the watching of television, listening to music, and the perusal of any secular vice that does not in some way enhance spirituality.

Pilgrimage

Hajj

Main article: Hajj

Umrah

Main article: Umrah

Calendar

Festive day[1] 1431 AH 1432 AH 1433 AH 1434 AH 1435 AH
Eid al-Fitr[2] 10 September 2010 30 August 2011 19 August 2012 8 August 2013 28 July 2014
Eid al-Adha[2] 16 November 2010 6 November 2011 26 October 2012 15 October 2013


4 October 2014

References

External links

  • Muslim Festivals
  • The Umm al-Qura Calendar of Saudi Arabia (with date converter valid from 1937 to 2077)
  • The Islamic Calendar/Hijri Calendar for Mecca
  • Eid ul Adha

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