Ashura: Commemoration

Quick Facts Summary: an Islamic festival commemorating several significant events, including the death of Husayn ibn Ali and the saving of the Israelites from the Egyptians 2019 Date: 9th September (starting at sunset on 8th September) Celebrated by: Shi’ite and Sunni Muslims (although for different reasons), many Islamic countries as a national holiday Linked Holidays: […]

Eid al-Ghadir: Final Sermon

Quick Facts Summary: an Islamic festival that celebrates the Prophet Muhammad appointing Ali ibn Abi Talib as his successor 2019 Date: 19th August (starting at sunset on 18th August) Celebrated by: Shi’ite Muslims; Iran, Iraq and other Shi’ite countries (as a National Holiday) Linked Holidays: The Hajj Background and Theological Significance Eid al-Ghadir (in Arabic, […]

Eid al-Fitr: Breaking the Fast

Quick Facts Summary: an Islamic festival that celebrates the end of Ramadan 2018 Date: 5th June (starting at sunset on 4th June) Celebrated by: Muslims Linked Holidays: Ramadan, Eid al-Adha (Islam) Background and Theological Significance Eid al-Fitr (in Arabic, عيد الفطر) is one of the most important festivals in the Islamic calendar. Literally translating as […]

Ramadan: Receiving the Word of God

Quick Facts and Stats Summary: A Holy Month in the Islamic calendar celebrating the revelation of the Quran. 2019 Date: May 5- June 4 (This varies place to place as it is based upon the sighting of the crescent moon) Celebrated by: Muslims Linked Holidays: Laylat al-Qadr, Eid al-Fitr Background / Theological Significance Ramadan is […]

Ridván: The Quest for Unity and Peace

Quick Facts Summary: a Bahá’í festival commemorating Bahá’u’lláh as a Manifestation of God 2019 Date: 20th April – 2nd May (sundown to sundown) Celebrated by: Bahá’í Linked Holidays: Naw-Rúz Background and Theological Significance Ridván is the principal religious festival for Bahá’í, and is often referred to as the ‘Most Great Festival’. It is seen as […]

Mawlid al-Nabi: The Birth of a Prophet

Quick Facts Summary: an Islamic festival commemorating the birth of the Prophet Muhammad 2018 Date: 20th November (Sunni), 25th November (Shi’a) Celebrated by: Muslims, most Islamic countries around the world Linked Holidays: Eid al-Fitr, Eid al-Adha, Christmas Background and Theological Significance Mawlid al-Nabi al-Sharif (in Arabic, مَولِد النَّبِي, literally meaning ‘the birth of the prophet’) […]

Eid al-Adha: Sacrifice

Summary: an Islamic festival that celebrates the Prophet Ibrahim offering up his son to Allah 2018 Date: 21st – 25th August (sunset to sunset) Celebrated by: Muslims Linked Holidays: Eid al-Fitr, the Hajj (Islam) Eid al-Adha (in Arabic, عيد الأضحى), literally translating as ‘the Feast of the Sacrifice’, is widely considered to be the most […]