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.

Modern British Mosque
Eid Milad ul-Nabi celebrations are held in mosques or conference centers in some parts of the USA.
Eid Milad ul-Nabi celebrations are held in mosques or conference centers in some parts of the USA.
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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.

Public Life

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 countries

Read more about The Prophet's Birthday.

The Prophet's Birthday Observances

Note: 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.
WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday TypeWhere it is Observed
FriFeb 262010The Prophet's BirthdayMuslim 
WedFeb 162011The Prophet's BirthdayMuslim 
SunFeb 52012The Prophet's BirthdayMuslim 
ThuJan 242013The Prophet's BirthdayMuslim 
TueJan 142014The Prophet's BirthdayMuslim 
SatJan 32015The Prophet's BirthdayMuslim 
ThuDec 242015The Prophet's BirthdayMuslim 
MonDec 122016The Prophet's BirthdayMuslim 
FriDec 12017The Prophet's BirthdayMuslim 
WedNov 212018The Prophet's BirthdayMuslim 
SunNov 102019The Prophet's BirthdayMuslim 
ThuOct 292020The Prophet's BirthdayMuslim 

Quick Facts

Eid Milad ul-Nabi (Mawlid or Milad-un-Nabi) commemorates the Prophet Muhammed's birthday.

The Prophet's Birthday 2016

Monday, December 12, 2016

The Prophet's Birthday 2017

Friday, December 1, 2017

Name in other languages

NameLanguage
The Prophet's BirthdayEnglish
MawlidSpanish
יום הולדת הנביא מוחמדHebrew
المولد النبويArabic
모하메드의 생일Korean
Mawlid an-NabiGerman

Alternative names

NameLanguage
Mawlid an-NabiEnglish
Geburtstag des ProphetenGerman
Note: 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.

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