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Milad un-Nabi

Milad un-Nabi 2020 and 2021

Prophet Muhammad’s birthday is commemorated in Sri Lanka on 12 Rabi’ al-awwal of the Islamic calendar. While Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday is celebrated with great pomp and show in some countries, in Sri Lanka, it is more of a solemn and religious occasion.

YearDateDayHoliday
202030 OctFriMilad un-Nabi
202119 OctTueMilad un-Nabi

The local name for the holiday is Milad Un-Nabi, meaning simply “birth of the prophet”. The whole third month of the Islamic year, Rabi Al-Awwal, is remembered as the birth-month of Muhammad by the Islamic world.

Especially on the twelfth day of Rabi Al-Awwal, but throughout the month really, people will spend time reading the life story of Muhammad in the Koran, hadiths, and in biographies. Muslims will also gather on Muhammad’s Birthday to pray out loud in unison and recite Koranic verses together. Finally, special family meals and charitable contributions to the poor are also common ways to celebrate.