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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.

Is The Prophet's Birthday a Public Holiday?

The Prophet's Birthday is not a public holiday. It falls on Saturday, November 9, 2019 and most businesses follow regular Saturday opening hours in the United States.

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

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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.

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2015SatJan 3The Prophet's BirthdayMuslim
2015ThuDec 24The Prophet's BirthdayMuslim
2016MonDec 12The Prophet's BirthdayMuslim
2017FriDec 1The Prophet's BirthdayMuslim
2018WedNov 21The Prophet's BirthdayMuslim
2019SatNov 9The Prophet's BirthdayMuslim
2020ThuOct 29The Prophet's BirthdayMuslim
2021TueOct 19The Prophet's BirthdayMuslim
2022SatOct 8The Prophet's BirthdayMuslim
2023WedSep 27The Prophet's BirthdayMuslim
2024MonSep 16The Prophet's BirthdayMuslim
2025FriSep 5The Prophet's BirthdayMuslim

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