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Milad un Nabi (Mawlid) 2024 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.

Some Muslim communities organize readings about the life of the Prophet Muhammed.

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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 Crescent Moon is first seen.

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2019SunNov 10Milad un Nabi (Mawlid)Muslim
2020ThuOct 29Milad un Nabi (Mawlid)Muslim
2021TueOct 19Milad un Nabi (Mawlid)Muslim
2022SunOct 9Milad un Nabi (Mawlid)Muslim
2023WedSep 27Milad un Nabi (Mawlid)Muslim
2024MonSep 16Milad un Nabi (Mawlid) (Tentative Date)Muslim
2025FriSep 5Milad un Nabi (Mawlid) (Tentative Date)Muslim
2026WedAug 26Milad un Nabi (Mawlid) (Tentative Date)Muslim
2027SunAug 15Milad un Nabi (Mawlid) (Tentative Date)Muslim
2028ThuAug 3Milad un Nabi (Mawlid) (Tentative Date)Muslim
2029TueJul 24Milad un Nabi (Mawlid) (Tentative Date)Muslim

While we diligently research and update our holiday dates, some of the information in the table above may be preliminary. If you find an error, please let us know.