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Islamic Festivals

Islamic Date Festival                    
1 Muharram New Year's Day; starts on the day which celebrates Mohammed's departure from Mecca to Medina in  ad 622
12 Rabi I Birthday of Mohammed (Mawlid al-Nabi) ad 572; celebrated throughout month of Rabi I
27 Rajab 'Night of Ascent' (Laylat al-Mi'raj) of Mohammed to Heaven
1 Ramadan Beginning of month of fasting during daylight hours
27 Ramadan 'Night of Power' (Laylat al-Qadr); sending down of the Koran to Mohammed
1 Shawwal 'Feast of breaking the Fast' ('Id al-Fitr); marks the end of Ramadan
8-13 Dhu-I-Hijja Annual pilgrimage ceremonies at and around Mecca; month during which the great pilgrimage (Hajj) should be made
10 Dhu-I-Hijja Feast of the Sacrifice ('Id al-Adha)