The Prophet's Birthday in the United States
Eid Milad ul-Nabi (Mawlid, Milad-un-Nabi) celebrates the Prophet Muhammad's life. It falls on the 12th or 17th day of the Islamic month of Rabi' al-awwal. Some Muslims in the United States mark this occasion by fasting or holding communal meals, special prayers or outdoor celebrations.
What Do People Do?
Islamic educational institutions in the United States often hold lectures or classes on Muhammed's (or Mohammad's) life and how Muslims can live an honorable life. They may also invite non-Muslims to communal meals and lectures or discussions on Islam. These events usually aim to increase the understanding of Islam in the non-Muslim community, rather than to convert people to Islam.
Some communities hold open-air celebrations or parades. People attending the parades may carry green banners and men and boys wear green clothing or headgear. Girls often wear pink and white clothes. A communal meal may be held or birthday cake may be distributed at the end of the celebrations. The food is often also shared with non-Muslims.
Eid Milad ul-Nabi is not a federal public holiday in the United States. However, some Muslim businesses and organizations may be closed for part or all of the day or offer a reduced level of service. Parades or outdoor celebrations may cause some local disruption to traffic.
About The Prophet's Birthday in other countriesRead more about The Prophet's Birthday.
The Prophet's Birthday ObservancesNote: Regional customs or moon sightings may cause a variation of the date for Islamic holidays, which begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday. The Islamic calendar is lunar and the days begin at sunset, so there may be one-day error depending on when the New Moon is first seen.
|Weekday||Date||Year||Name||Holiday Type||Where it is Observed|
|Fri||Feb 26||2010||The Prophet's Birthday||Muslim|
|Wed||Feb 16||2011||The Prophet's Birthday||Muslim|
|Sun||Feb 5||2012||The Prophet's Birthday||Muslim|
|Thu||Jan 24||2013||The Prophet's Birthday||Muslim|
|Tue||Jan 14||2014||The Prophet's Birthday||Muslim|
|Sat||Jan 3||2015||The Prophet's Birthday||Muslim|
|Thu||Dec 24||2015||The Prophet's Birthday||Muslim|
|Mon||Dec 12||2016||The Prophet's Birthday||Muslim|
|Fri||Dec 1||2017||The Prophet's Birthday||Muslim|
|Wed||Nov 21||2018||The Prophet's Birthday||Muslim|
|Sun||Nov 10||2019||The Prophet's Birthday||Muslim|
|Thu||Oct 29||2020||The Prophet's Birthday||Muslim|
Quick FactsEid Milad ul-Nabi (Mawlid or Milad-un-Nabi) commemorates the Prophet Muhammed's birthday.
The Prophet's Birthday 2016Monday, December 12, 2016
The Prophet's Birthday 2017Friday, December 1, 2017
Name in other languages
|The Prophet's Birthday||English|
|יום הולדת הנביא מוחמד||Hebrew|
|Geburtstag des Propheten||German|
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- St Nicholas' Day – Tuesday, December 6, 2016
- Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day – Wednesday, December 7, 2016
- Feast of the Immaculate Conception – Thursday, December 8, 2016
- Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe – Monday, December 12, 2016
- U.S. National Guard Birthday – Tuesday, December 13, 2016
- Pan American Aviation Day – Saturday, December 17, 2016
- Christmas Eve – Friday, December 23, 2016
- Christmas Eve – Saturday, December 24, 2016
- Chanukah/Hanukkah (first day) – Sunday, December 25, 2016
- Kwanzaa (until Jan 1) – Monday, December 26, 2016
- New Year's Eve – Friday, December 30, 2016
- New Year's Eve – Saturday, December 31, 2016