Calendar and Dates of Islamic Holidays

The Holy Quran
The Holy Quran (Al Hussainy Mohamed / CC-by)

Islam is a religion founded in the 7th century by Muhammad1. Practitioners strive to follow the five pillars established in the Qur'an1. While it is largely unclear when Islam first arrived in the country, there are approximately 3.3 million Muslims currently living in the United States2. This accounts for only 1% of the population3. The US includes one of the most diverse Islamic populations worldwide4. Because of the large amounts of immigration from around the world, there are many various Muslim communities from different countries and schools of thought4. For the most part, they are fully integrated, middle-class citizens5. However, the terrorist attack on September 11th, 2001 by Islamic terrorist group Al-Qaeda has caused a shift in the political landscape with special attention toward Muslim groups5. For the most part, Muslims remain a small yet important group in the US5.

Muslims celebrate Islamic holidays in the US in the same way as they are observed throughout the world6. There is two official, major holidays and a few other holy days7. The significance of each holy day varies between individuals, families, and communities8. Besides Christmas, there are no public religious holidays, but there has been a push in recent years for public school systems to recognize Muslim holidays as they would with Catholic or Jewish holidays8.

Islamic Holidays Dates 2018, 2019 and 2020

Ra's as-Sanah
  • Tuesday, September 11th 2018
  • Sunday, September 1st 2019
  • Thursday, August 20th 2020
Ashura
  • Thursday, September 20th 2018
  • Monday, September 9th 2019
  • Friday, August 28th 2020
Mawlid
  • Wednesday, November 21st 2018
  • Sunday, November 10th 2019
  • Tuesday, September 29th 2020
Lailat al Miraj
  • Friday, April 13th 2018
  • Wednesday, April 3rd 2019
  • Sunday, March 22nd 2020
Laylat al-Bara'at
  • Tuesday, May 1st 2018
  • Sunday, April 21st 2019
  • Thursday, April 9th 2020
Ramadan
  • from Wednesday, May 16th to Friday, June 15th 2018
  • from Monday, May 6th to Wednesday, June 5th 2019
  • from Friday, April 24th to Sunday, May 24th 2020
Laylat al-Qadr
  • Monday, June 11th 2018
  • Saturday, June 1st 2019
  • Wednesday, May 20th 2020
Eid al-Fitr
  • Friday, June 15th 2018
  • Wednesday, June 5th 2019
  • Sunday, May 24th 2020
Eid-al-Adha
  • Tuesday, August 21st 2018
  • Sunday, August 11th 2019
  • Thursday, July 30th 2020

Religious Holidays

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