Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi is an important religious festival for the Muslim communities across the world. It is the day to celebrate the birth of the Prophet Muhammad. According to historical accounts, the Prophet was born on Rabi’ al-awwal, which is the third month of the Islamic lunar calendar. In 2012, the event is expected to be observed on 5th February in the region of Pakistan and India.
This is an event full of fun and festivity. Street processions and special events to discuss the teaching of the prophet are organized in several neighborhoods.
The festival is celebrated with great fervor in different Islamic as well as non-Islamic countries. In many nations, it is also a national holiday and public offices and educational institutes remain closed on this day.
Saudi Arabia is the only Islamic nation where it is not a holiday on Milad. But, except that, Mawlid is celebrated worldwide in countries like Pakistan, Egypt, Syria, Sudan, the Islamic nations in Africa and Asia and other countries like UK, India, Kenya, Canada, etc.
In Pakistan, the national flag is hoisted on the day of Mawlid and salutes of 31 guns are fired in the dawn. One of the biggest celebrations in India takes place in Jammu and Kashmir and Shab-khawani, a night long prayer is organized in Hazratbal Shrine outside Srinagar.
On this day, mosques and neighborhoods are decorated with festoons, flags, lights, etc. Milad Mehfils, Mehfal-e-Naat, and Qawalis are organized in many places to commemorate the day. Donations are made and families gather together to share meals. However, since the day also commemorates the death of the Prophet the festival is celebrated in a limited and restricted way.
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