List of Major Muslim Festivals in 2016

There are two major Muslim holidays in the Islamic calendar. We have the Eid Al-Fitr and Eld Al-Adha. The first one is usually celebrated at the end of the Ramadan which is month long period of fasting. The others are just important Muslim celebrations in the Islamic calendar.

You may check out the latest Muslim festivals or events in Islamic calendar of 2016 via some blogs out there. In this post, we are going to review key events that will take place in the Islamic calendar of 2016.

Eid al-Fitr (July 07, 2016) 
It falls on the first day of the next month and the celebrations last a period of three days. During Ramadan, Muslims normally give out Zakat which is a form of charity to the less needy in the society.

Eid Al Adha (September 13, 2016) 
It is also referred to as the “feast of the Sacrifice” and it is usually celebrated on the tenth day and lasts for four days. During this particular Eid Al-Adha period, Muslims usually sacrifice a sheep and distribute its meat to family, friends, and the less fortunate in the society.

Eid al-Adha is usually a commemoration of Prophet Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his only son Ishmael as an act of submission to the creator. When Prophet Muhammad wanted to sacrifice Ishmael despite the knife being so sharp, it did not cut the kid but Angel Gabriel miraculously appeared with a ram that was to be sacrificed instead. This is also the main reasons why a sheep is usually used in the celebrations to depict the mentioned submissiveness to God.

Islamic New Year – Hijra (October 03, 2016
It occurs during the first day of the Islamic calendar that began in 610 AD during the first Muslim trip from Mecca to Medina.

Ashura (October 12, 2016)
It is also another important Muslim festival that occurs on the tenth day of Muharram. This is considered as the same day prophet Noah’s ship landed from the ground after the heavy flooding. It is also considered as the same day that the red sea was dissected so that Prophet Musa together with his followers could escape Pharaoh and his battalion.

Arafa (September 10, 2016) 
It occurs on the ninth day of the month Dhu al-Hijja which is also the last month in Islamic calendar.

Laylat al-Qadr (July 02, 2016) 
The event is regarded as the most important night. The events holds a lot of power and destiny to the Muslims because its widely believed that the first Quran verses were revealed to prophet Muhammad during this particular night. This particular event occurs during the last ten days of Ramadan.
Laylat al Raghaib
This is believed to be the night that Prophet Muhammad’s own mother realized that she was carrying a baby. It occurs on the first Friday night of Rajab.

Laylat al Bara’ah (May 21, 2016)
It occurs during the month of Sha’ban on 15th.

Laylat al mi’raj (May 05, 2016)
This is considered to be the night that Prophet Muhammad ascended to paradise. Salah which are Muslims daily prayers became mandatory after this particular journey.

Alvida Jumma
This is the last Friday during Ramadan period, and every Friday is usually a blessed period for the Muslims brothers and sisters.

Mawlid Al Nabi
During this period Muslims celebrate prophet Muhammad’s birthday.

Kheer Puri niyaaz
This is a “Shia” tradition based on the story revolving around a woodcutter’s wife praying on the 22nd day of Rajab due to pressing economic conditions that she endured when her husband was away from her trying to make ends meet.