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List of observances set by the Islamic calendar

Please note that all Islamic observances begin at the sundown prior to the date listed, and end at sundown of the date in question unless otherwise noted.

Holidays for 1441 (2019-2020)Edit

Date on Islamic Calendar Gregorian date Name Notes
Muharram August 30 - September 29, 2019 Muharram (alternative spellings here) 1st Month of the Islamic calendar, can be either 29 or 30 days.
1 Muharram August 31, 2019 Islamic New Year
1-10 Muharram August 31-September 9, 2019 Bibi-Ka-Alam event held in Hyderabad, India
2 Muharram September 1, 2019 Shia day of Mourning: Arrival of Imam Hussain in Karbalā, 61 A.H.
3 Muharram September 2, 2019 Shia day of Mourning: Water supply to Imam Husain & his companions was stopped in Karbalā
6 Muharram September 5, 2019 Mourning of Muharram See Hosay and Tabuik
7 Muharram September 6, 2019 Shia day of Mourning: Stored water in the tents runs out
9 Muhurram September 8, 2019 Day of Tasu'a See also Chehel Minbari (Shia Muslims, Lorestan Province, Iran)
10 Muharram September 9, 2019 Day of Ashura For Sunnis, the crossing of the Red Sea by Moses occurred on this day. For both Shias and Sunnis, the martyrdom of Husayn ibn Ali, the grandson of Muhammad, and his followers.
12 Muharram September 11, 2019 Shia day of Mourning: Siyyum of Shaheed-e-Karbala 3rd day of Ashura
17 Muharram September 16, 2019 Shia day of Remembrance: Aam-ul-feel Abraha attacked on Ka'aba
18 Muharram September 17, 2019 Shia day of Remembrance: Qibla was changed from Bait-ul-Muqqaddas to Ka'bah, 2 A.H
20 Muharram September 19, 2019 Shia day of Mourning: 10th day of Ashura
25 Muharram September 24, 2019 Shia day of Mourning: Martyrdom of Imam Zain-ul-Abideen, 95 A.H.
30 Muharram September 29, 2019 Shia day of Mourning: 20th day of Ashura Note: Not observed on years in which Muharram has only 29 days
1-30 Safar September 30 - October 28, 2019 2nd Month of the Islamic Calendar
1 Safar September 30, 2019 Two Shia Days of Remembrance
7 Safar October 6, 2019 Birth of Imam Musa-e-Kazim, 128 A.H.
10 Safar October 9, 2019 Multiple Shia days of remembrance
12 Safar October 11, 2019 Shia day of remembrance: Birth of Janab-e-Salman-e-Farsi
17 Safar October 18, 2019 Shia day of remembrance:Martyrdom of Imam Ali Reza, 203 A.H. According to some scholars 29 Safar or 23rd Zul'Hijjah
20 Safar October 19, 2019 Arba'een
28 Safar October 27, 2019 Shia Day of mourning: Demise of Muhammad and Imam Hassan (Mujtaba) Public holiday in Iran According to some scholars 17 Safar or 23rd Zul'Hijjah
29 Safar October 28, 2019 Martyrdom of Imam Reza Public holiday in Iran
1-29 Rabi' al-awwal October 29-November 27, 2019 3rd month on Islamic calendar, can have 30 days some years
1 Rabi' al-awwal October 29, 2019 Shia day of Remembrance: Hijrat (migration) of Muhammad
5 Rabi' al-awwal November 2, 2019 Shia day of Remembrance: Wafat of Janab-e-Masooma-e-Qum
8 Rabi' al-awwal November 5, 2019 Shia day of Remembrance: Martyrdom of Imam Hasan Askari, 260 A.H.
9 Rabi' al-awwal November 6, 2019 Eid-e-Shuja' Observed by most Twelver Shi‘a Muslims
9 Rabi' al-awwal November 6, 2019 Shia day of Celebration: Imamat day of Imam-e-Zaman
12 Rabi' al-awwal November 9, 2019 Mawlid Sunni only, Shia celebrate on Rabi' al-awwal 17
14 Rabi' al-Awwal November 11, 2019 Shia day of Remembrance: Yazid was killed
15 Rabi' al-Awwal November 12, 2019 Shia day of Remembrance: First mosque (Quba Mosque) was established, 1 A.H
17 Rabi' al-awwal November 14, 2019 Mawlid Shia sect date. Sunnis celebrate on 12th. Public holiday in Iran
17 Rabi' al-awwal November 14, 2019 Shia day of Celebration: Birth of Imam Jafar-as-Sadiq, 83 A.H.
18 Rabi' al-awwal November 15, 2019 Shia day of Remembrance: Birth of Janab-e-Umm-e-Kulsum Bint-e-Ali
Rabi' al-thani (29 days), also called Rabī` al-Ākhir November 28-December 26, 2019 4th month of the Islamic calendar
1 Rabi' al-thani November 28, 2019 Qaumee Dhuvas (Maldives National Day)
8 Rabi' al-thani December 5, 2019 Shia day of Mourning: Martyrdom of Imam Hasan Askari, 260 A.H. Commemorated by Chup Tazia
11 Rabi' al-thani December 11, 2019 Urs of Abdul-Qadir Gilani
Jumada al-awwal (29–30 days) (also called Jumada I Jumada al-Ula or Jumadil Awwal) December 27, 2019 - January 25, 2019 5th Month of the Islamic calendar
1 Jumada al-awwal December 27, 2019 Shia day of Remembrance: Death of Harun Rashid
10 Jumada al-awwal January 5, 2020 Shia day of Remembrance: Battle of the Camel
14 Jumada al-awwal January 9, 2020 Shia day of Mourning: Martyrdom of Janab-e-Fatima-az-Zahra, 11 A.H According to some scholars on 13th of same month or 3rd Jamadi-ul-Aakhir
15 Jumada al-awwal January 10, 2020 Shia day of Celebration:Birth of Imam Zain-ul-Abideen, 37 A.H. According to some scholars on 15th of Jamadi-ul-Aakhir or 5th Shabaan
Jumada al-thani (1-29) (also called Jamaad-ath-Thaanee, Jumaada al-Akhir, Jumada al-Akhira) January 26-February 24, 2020 6th month of the Islamic calendar
3 Jumada al-thani January 28, 2019 Martyrdom of Fatima (Iran)
13 Jumada al-thani February 7, 2019 Shia day of Remembrance:Death of Umm ul-Banin (mother of Abbas ibn Ali)
20 Jumada al-thani February 14, 2019 Shia day of Celebration: Birth of Janab-e-Fatima-az-Zahra, 8 B.H./Mother's Day in Iran
26 Jumada al-thani February 20, 2019 Shia day of Mourning: Martyrdom of Imam Ali Naqi According to some scholars on 3rd of Rajab
Rajab February 25 - March 24, 2020 7th Month of the Islamic calendar
1 Rajab February 25, 2020 Shia day of Celebration:Birth of Imam Mohammed Baqir, 57 A.H.
6 Rajab March 1, 2020 Urs of Moinuddin Chishti. (Sunni)
7 Rajab March 2, 2020 Shia day of Celebration: Birth of Abbas, 36 A.H. According to some scholars on 4th Shabaan
10 Rajab March 5, 2020 Shia day of Celebration: Birth of Imam Mohammad Taqi, 195 A.H.
13 Rajab March 8, 2020 Shia day of Celebration: Birth of Imam Ali Public holiday in Iran
13 Rajab March 8, 2020 Father's Day in Iran, Mauritania Somalia, and Sudan
15 Rajab March 10, 2020 Shia day of Mourning: Martyrdom of Imam Jafar-as-Sadiq
18 Rajab March 13, 2020 Shia day of Remembrance: Wafat Ibrahim
20 Rajab March 15, 2020 Shia day of Celebration:Birth of Janab-e-Sakina
22 Rajab March 17, 2020 Shia day of Celebration: Niyaz/Nazr of Imam Jafar-as-Sadiq
24 Rajab March 19, 2020 Shia day of Remembrance: Birth of Janab-e-Ali-Asgar
25 Rajab March 20, 2020 Shia day of Mourning: Martyrdom of Imam Musa-e-Kazim
26 Rajab March 21, 2020 Shia day of Remembrance: Wafat of Abu Talib
27 Rajab March 22, 2020 Lailat al-Mi'raj Public holiday in Iran
28 Rajab March 23, 2020 Shia day of Mourning: Imam Husayn ibn ‘Alī started his journey to Karbalā from Medina, 60 A.H.
Sha'ban March 25 - April 23, 2020 8th Month of the Islamic calendar
15 Sha'ban April 8, 2020 Birth of Imam Mahdi/Mid-Sha'ban Public holiday in Iran, Gargee'an
Ramadan (calendar month) (also called Ramadhan) April 24 - May 23, 2020 9th month of the Islamic calendar
1 Ramadan Apri 24, 2020 First day of Ramadan Public holiday in Malaysia
14 Ramadan May 7, 2020 Garangao
15 Ramadan May 8, 2020 Gargee'an
17 Ramadan May 10, 2020 Day of Nuzul Al-Quran Public holiday in Malaysia, this date is also celebrated in Indonesia. See also 22 Ramadan for alternative date.
19 Ramadan May 12, 2020 One of three dates used by Shia Muslims for Laylat al-Qadr See notes for 23 Ramadan
20 Ramadan May 13, 2020 Conquest of Mecca Shia day of remembrance
21 Ramadan May 14, 2020 Martyrdom of Imam Ali, also one of the dates used by Sunnis for Laylat al-Qadr, see 27 Ramadan entry. Public holiday in Iran, Azadari in Lucknow, see entry for 23 Ramadan.
22 Ramadan May 15, 2020 Shia Day of Remembrance: Nuzool Quran Shia sect only, day is celebrated 17 Ramadan in Indonesia and Malaysia
23 Ramadan May 16, 2020 Laylat al-Qadr, Shia Date Most Shia traditions celebrate on this date, they believe that is Laylat al-Qadr is to be found in the last ten odd nights of Ramadan but mostly on the 19th, 21st or 23rd of Ramadan with 23rd being the most important night. The 19th, according to the Shia belief coincides with the night Ali was attacked in the Mihrab while worshipping in the Great Mosque of Kufa, and died on the 21st of Ramadan. Shia Muslims regard these three nights as greatly rewarding. Sunnis also use this date as one of the Laylat al-Qadr days, see 27 Ramadan entry.
25 Ramadan May 18, 2020 One of the dates of Laylat al-Qadr in Sunni tradition See notes for 27 Ramadan.
27 Ramadan May 20, 2020 Laylat al-Qadr, Sunni Date
Last Friday of the month of Ramadan May 22, 2020 Jumu'atul-Wida/Quds Day
29 Ramadan May 22, 2020 One of the dates of Laylat al-Qadr in Sunni tradition See entry for 27 Ramadan
29-30 Ramadan (Ramadan is 30 days during some years) May 22-23, 2020 Chaand Raat
Shawwal May 24-June 21, 2020 10th month of the Islamic calendar
1-2 Shawwal May 24-25, 2020 Eid al-Fitr Chaand Raat, Durbar festival, Lebaran
2 Shawwal May 25, 2020 Shia Day of Remembrance: Battle of the Trench (Khandak)
8 Shawwal May 31, 2020 Day of Sorrow
9 Shawwal June 1, 2020 Shia Day of Remembrance: Janab-e-Khadijat-ul-Kubra married to Muhammed
10 Shawwal June 2, 2020 Shia Day of Remembrance: Ghaibat-e-Kubra-e-Imam-e-Zaman
15 Shawwal June 7, 2020 Shia Day of Remembrance: Shahadat of Hamzah in Battle of Uhud, 3 A.H.
25 Shawwal June 17, 2020 Martyrdom of Imam Jafar Public holiday in Iran
29 Shawwal June 21, 2020 Shia Day of Remembrance: Birth of Abu Talib
Dhu al-Qi'dah (also called Dhu'l-Qa'dah, or Zulqida) June 22 - July 21, 2020 11th month of the Islamic calendar
1 Dhu al-Qi'dah June 22, 2020 Shia Day of Remembrance: Birth of Janab-e-Masoom-e-Qum
6 Dhu al-Qi'dah June 27, 2020 Shia Day of Remembrance: the Treaty of Hudaybiyyah was executed, 6 A.H.
11 Dhu al-Qi'dah July 2, 2020 Shia Day of Celebration: Birth of Imam Ali Reza, 148 A.H.
25 Dhu al-Qi'dah July 16, 2020 Multiple Shia days of Remembrance
29 Dhu al-Qi'dah July 20, 2020 Shia Day of Remembrance: Martyrdom of Imam Mohammad Taqi
Dhu al-Hijjah (also Dh-ul-Hajja, Zulhijja or Zil-Hajj) July 22-August 19, 2020 12th month of the Islamic calendar
1 Dhu al-Hijjah July 22, 2020 Shia Day of Remembrance: Sayeda Fatima married to Ali
1-9 Dhu al-Hijjah July 22-July 30, 2020 Fasting days
1-10 Dhu al-Hijjah July 22 - July 31, 2020 Nights for standing (Qiyaam) in Tahajjud
3 Dhu al-Hijjah July 24, 2020 Shia Day of Remembrance: Renunciation of Adam accepted
7 Dhu al-Hijjah July 28, 2020 Shia Day of Mourning: Martyrdom of Imam Mohammad Baqir
8 Dhu al-Hijjah July 29, 2020 Shia Day of Mourning: Imam Hussain started from Mecca to Karbala
8–13 Dhu al-Hijjah July 29 - August 3, 2020 Hajj
9 Dhū al-Ḥijjah July 30, 2020 Day of Arafah/Shia Day of Mourning: Martyrdom of Janab-e-Muslim ibn Aqil & Hani ibn Urwah in Kufa
9-13 Dhu al-Hijjah July 30 - August 3, 2020 Takbirut Tashreeq
10-13 Dhu al-Hijjah July 31 - August 3, 2020 Eid al-Adha Durbar festival
15 Dhu al-Hijjah August 5, 2020 Shia Day of Celebration: Birth of Imam Ali Naqi
16 Dhu al-Hijjah August 6, 2020 Shia Day of Mourning: Wafat of Janab-e-Zainab
18 Dhu al-Hijjah August 8, 2020 Eid al-Ghadeer Shia sect only, public holiday in Iran
19 Dhu al-Hijjah August 9, 2020 Shia Day of Remembrance: Sayeda Fatima went to Ali's house after their marriage
23 Dhu al-Hijjah August 13, 2020 Shia Day of Remembrance: Martyrdom of Farzand-e-Muslim
24 Dhu al-Hijjah August 14, 2020 Eid al-Mubahila
27 Dhu al-Hijjah August 17, 2020 Shia Day of Remembrance: Wafat of Janab-e-Meesum-e-Tammaa

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