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Milad un Nabi (Mawlid) 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.

Is Milad un Nabi (Mawlid) a Public Holiday?

Milad un Nabi (Mawlid) is not a public holiday. Businesses have normal opening hours.

Traditional wooden holy bookstand whit the Koran

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 Milad un Nabi (Mawlid) in other countries

Read more about Milad un Nabi (Mawlid).

Milad un Nabi (Mawlid) 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.

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday TypeArea
2010FriFeb 26Milad un Nabi (Mawlid)Muslim 
2011WedFeb 16Milad un Nabi (Mawlid)Muslim 
2012SunFeb 5Milad un Nabi (Mawlid)Muslim 
2013ThuJan 24Milad un Nabi (Mawlid)Muslim 
2014TueJan 14Milad un Nabi (Mawlid)Muslim 
2015SatJan 3Milad un Nabi (Mawlid)Muslim 
2015ThuDec 24Milad un Nabi (Mawlid)Muslim 
2016MonDec 12Milad un Nabi (Mawlid)Muslim 
2017FriDec 1Milad un Nabi (Mawlid)Muslim 
2018WedNov 21Milad un Nabi (Mawlid)Muslim 
2019SunNov 10Milad un Nabi (Mawlid)Muslim 
2020ThuOct 29Milad un Nabi (Mawlid)Muslim 

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