Last Updated: 8th November, 2019

When is Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi Festival

Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi / The Prophet's Birthday in 2019 is on the Sunday, 10th of Nov

Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi Festival

On the Islamic calendar, Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi festival falls on the same day every year but the date varies as the per the Gregorian calendar from year to year. This difference is due to the fact that the Gregorian calendar is a solar calendar and the Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar.

This difference indicates that Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi festival moves in the Gregorian calendar roughly 11 days every year. The date of Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi festival also varies from country to country, all dependant on the factor whether the moon is visible or not.

Year Day Date
2016 Friday 12th December
2017 Saturday 2nd December
2018 Tuesday 20th November
2019 Sunday 10th November
2020 Thursday 29th October
2021 Tuesday 19th October
2022 Saturday 8th October

History Behind Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi

  • Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi festival is a day which marks the birth-day of Muhammad, the founder of Islam.
  • Every year according to the Islamic calendar it falls on the 12th day of the month of Rabi. Mawlid indicates birthday of a holy figure and the term al-Nabi means prophet.
  • It is the best time to recollect bits of Muhammad's life and what significance it holds in the Islamic community. But fundamentalist Muslims, like the Wahhabi sect, do not take part in the Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi festival celebrations.
  • Muhammad’s was born about A. D. 570 and died in A. D. 632. During his entire lifetime, he created the Islam religion.
  • He also achieved in distributing equality among all Muslims. It was in the thirteenth century that the Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi festival was first celebrated.
  • The entire celebration was marked a month long celebration. Special dinners are also held on the Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi festival.
  • All Muslims today across the globe celebrate Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi festival with great fun and rejoice. It is definite to bring inner joy and happiness.
  • The stories on the Prophet's birth, childhood, manhood, his preachings, his character, his sufferings and his forgiveness, his leadership, his triumphs – everything is narrated to inspire the entire Islam community.


How Eid ul Milad is celebrated?

Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi Celebrations

Muslims celebrate the life and death of the Prophet Muhammad depending on their beliefs and preferences. Some people treat Milad un-Nabi as a festival holiday, but others regard it as solemn day. Id-e-Milad is a festival of both rejoicing and mourning. The festival of Id-e-Milad popularly known as Barah Wafat the twelfth day is one of the important festival in the Muslim calendar.
As per the tradition, parents narrate stories to their kids based on the life of the prophet Mohammad, and many light lamps, decorate their homes and mosques. to distribute sweets and other treats to people on Milad un-Nabi

Sweets Distribution: clergy distribute sweets and other treats to people on Milad un-Nabi. Honey is one of the most commenly distributed sweets during this holiday. This is because many scholars believe that honey was a favourite treat of the Prophet Muhammad.

Going to Mosques: Muslims visit mosques on Milad un-Nabi. On such days, there are sermons which are delivered in mosques by learned men.. Learned men and scholars focus their sermons on the life and teachings of Prophet Mohammed and inspire people to follow the path of good life as shown in Quran.

Singing: Muslims in India often sing in public places during Milad un-Nabi. One of the most popular songs for this holiday is Maulud. According to the traditions of Islam, this song brings good fortune and reaffirms one’s loyalty to God.

Barah Wafat: In addition to the many Eid activities that Muslims participate during Milad un-Nabi in India, they also celebrate with Barah Wafat. Barah wafat, also known as Milad-Ul-Nabi, is an important festival of the Muslim community. It marks the birth day of the great Prophet Mohammad. Coincidentally, the birth and death anniversary of the Prophet fall on the same day. Hence, no grand celebrations take place on this day. It is a solemn festival to mourn the death of the Prophet Muhammad. “Barah” means 12, which is symbolic of the 12 days for which prophet was sick and died after this duration.. One of the most popular events associated with this festival is the procession of the glass casket. During this event, a symbol of Muhammad is placed in a glass casket and paraded in public. The holy book, Quran is read for 12 days. The stories of Prophet’s life are narrated. In the evenings, people have sacramental meals together, traditionally of a rice porridge cooked in milk. Namaz is offered throughout the night and people are greeted with different kinds of sweetmeats.
The day is generally celebrated with preparations of a feast and family get together. The major aspect of this festival is doing charity and helping the needy. Hence, families share this feast with underprivileged and make donations.