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