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Prophet's Birthday in Canada

Many Muslims in Canada celebrate the Prophet Muhammad's birth and life or mourn his death on Eid Milad ul-Nabi (Mawlid, Milad-un-Nabi). The date occurs during the Islamic month of Rabi' al-awwal. Some Muslims mark this occasion by fasting or with parades, special prayers or conferences.

Traditional wooden holy bookstand whit the Koran
Some Muslim communities organize readings about the life of the Prophet Muhammed.
Some Muslim communities organize readings about the life of the Prophet Muhammed.
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Abstract

Many Muslims in Canada celebrate the Prophet Muhammad's birth and life or mourn his death on Eid Milad ul-Nabi (Mawlid, Milad-un-Nabi). The date occurs during the Islamic month of Rabi' al-awwal. Some Muslims mark this occasion by fasting or with parades, special prayers or conferences.

What Do People Do?

Many Muslims in Canada may mark Eid Milad ul-Nabi by fasting during daylight hours or saying special prayers. Some communities organize parades, lectures or readings of poems on Muhammad's life and work.

Many people believe that it is important to tell the story of Muhammad's life to children. Children often play an important part in the celebrations. Many mosques organize Eid Milad ul-Nabi celebrations that include sermons, prayers and a communal meal. The rooms used during the celebrations may be decorated with banners or modest flower arrangements.

Public Life

Eid Milad ul-Nabi is not a national public holiday in Canada. However, some Muslim businesses and organizations may be closed for part or all of the day or offer a reduced level of service. Parades may cause some local disruption to traffic, particularly in Toronto.

About Prophet's Birthday in other countries

Read more about Prophet's Birthday.

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 262010Prophet's BirthdayMuslim 
WedFeb 162011Prophet's BirthdayMuslim 
SunFeb 52012Prophet's BirthdayMuslim 
ThuJan 242013Prophet's BirthdayMuslim 
TueJan 142014Prophet's BirthdayMuslim 
SatJan 32015Prophet's BirthdayMuslim 
ThuDec 242015Prophet's BirthdayMuslim 
MonDec 122016Prophet's BirthdayMuslim 
FriDec 12017Prophet's BirthdayMuslim 
WedNov 212018Prophet's BirthdayMuslim 
SunNov 102019Prophet's BirthdayMuslim 
ThuOct 292020Prophet's BirthdayMuslim 

Quick Facts

Eid Milad ul-Nabi marks the anniversary of the Prophet Muhammad's birth and death.

Prophet's Birthday 2018

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Prophet's Birthday 2019

Sunday, November 10, 2019

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Name in other languages

NameLanguage
Prophet's BirthdayEnglish
Le MawlidFrench
Mawlid an-Nabi (Geburtstag des Propheten)German
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.

List of dates for other years

Other holidays in November 2018 in Canada

United Nation Holiday on November 21, 2018

Fun Holiday on November 21, 2018

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