New year and new celebration dates, it’s our usual list of all the islamic festivals of the year. 2016 brings us closer to another Ramadan and a couple of more Eids which we love to look forward to.
In the past we’ve always compiled a list of islamic festivals and 2016 is no different below you’ll find all the dates for the muslim celebrations for this year. Currently we are in the islamic year 1437, 1438 will begin at the end of this year during October.
Of course the dates are dependant on the sighting of the moon and needs converting from lunar to Gregorian calendar, which is why they are all estimates but it’ll give you a good indication nonetheless. Read more about the islamic lunar calendar.
Islamic Festivals and Celebrations 2016
All the festivals are grouped into months to make it easier for you to find and read. Continue below to see all the special dates.
|Islamic Festival||Gregorian Date||Arabic Date||Description|
|Al-Isra wal-Miraj||Thurs, 5th May 2016||27th Rajab||The night of the ascension to the Heavens.|
|Laila tul Barat||Sat, 22nd May 2016||15th Shaban||A night of worship mostly celebrated by muslims of indian sub-continent and Turkey.|
|Ramadan||Tues, 7th June||1st Ramadan 1437||Marks the start of the blessed Ramadan.|
|Night of Qadr||Tues, 28th June to Wed, 6th July||21st to 29th Ramadan||Start of the revelation of the Quran to the Prophet (saw). All odd nights of the last 10 nights of Ramadan. Mostly regarded as on the 27th of Ramadan which is 2nd of July 2016.|
|Eid ul-Fitr||Thurs, 7th July 2016||1st Shawwal||End of Ramadan and the day Eid (Fitr), first of the two Eids.|
|Days of Hajj 2016||Fri, 9th to 14th September||8th to 16th Dhul Hijjah||The days of Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Makkah. Eid al-Adha follows.|
|Night of Arafat||Sat, 10th September||9th Dhul Hijjah||A special night of making supplications at the desert of Arafat during Hajj.|
|Eid ul-Adha||Tues, 11th September||10th Dhul Hijjah||The second of the two Eids. Eid al-Adha is the Eid of sacrifice to feed the poor and needy.|
|Islamic New Year||Mon, 3rd October||1st Muharram||The beginning of the new islamic year 1438. Ras as-Sana|
|Ashurah / Muharram||Wed, 12th Oct.||10th Muharram||Optional fasting in the month of Muharram.|
|Milad an-Nabi||Mon, 12th December||12th Rabi-ul-Awwal||Marks the birth of the blessed Prophet (saw). 5 days later for Shia.|
As explained above, dates for the festivals are all tentative and dependant upon the sighting of the moon. Make sure you bookmark this page and please share with your friends and family.
Look at islamic festivals from the past years below: