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Sunni Muslims observe the Prophet Muhammed's (also known as Mohammed or Muhammad) birthday on the 12th day of the Islamic month of Rabi' al-awwal, while Shi'a Muslims mark it on the 17th of this month. Muhammed is believed to be the last prophet.

Is Mawlid a Public Holiday?

Mawlid is a public holiday. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.

In 2019 it falls on a Sunday. Due to this, some businesses may choose to follow Sunday opening hours.


The Prophet Muhammed was born in Mecca, a city in Saudi Arabia that is revered as holy by Muslims.


About Mawlid

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Mawlid Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2015WedDec 23MawlidPublic Holiday
2016MonDec 12MawlidPublic Holiday
2017FriDec 1MawlidPublic Holiday
2018WedNov 21MawlidPublic Holiday
2019SunNov 10MawlidPublic Holiday
2020ThuOct 29MawlidPublic Holiday
2021TueOct 19MawlidPublic Holiday
2022SatOct 8MawlidPublic Holiday
2023WedSep 27MawlidPublic Holiday
2024MonSep 16MawlidPublic Holiday
2025FriSep 5MawlidPublic Holiday

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