The most important Muslim festival in India is Ramzan, which extends through the Islamic month of the same name. It acquires the character of a nationwide fair, with the Muslim areas becoming bright and lively towards the evening and remaining awake almost throughout the night. All through the days of celebrations, people following Islam would observe stringent fast, which is broken only in the dusk, after offering prayers to the Almighty. There is a fixed timing for every ritual performed for the festivals. People belonging to other communities enthusiastically take part in the merrymaking, which represents unity in diversity prevalent in India.
All the prominent Muslim festivals are celebrated with religious fervor, in India. Ramzan finds special place in the calendar of events. Holiday is declared in educational institutions and government offices, on the occasion of Ramadan. Bakra-Eid is the ‘feast of sacrifice’, celebrated from the tenth to the twelfth day in the Islamic month of Dhul Hijjah. Celebrated after the fasting month of Ramzan, Ramadan encompasses a number of rituals that are performed on specific time. Muharram commemorates the martyrdom of Prophet Mohammed’s grandson, Imam Hussain.
|Muslim Festivals Calendar 2018|
|March||11, Sunday||Mothering Sunday|
|May||15, Tuesday||Ramadan Begins|
|June||14, Thursday||Id-ul-Fitar, Ramadan Ends|
|August||21, Tuesday ~ Wednesday, Aug 22||Eid ul-Adha|
|September||11, Tuesday||Al-Hijira, Muharram Begins|
|20, Thursday ~ Friday, Sep 21||Ashura|
|October||09, Tuesday||Muharram Ends|
|November||20, Tuesday ~ Wednesday, Nov 21||Milad un-Nabi|
|21, Wednesday||Milad un Nabi (Shia)|