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 2019, 2020 and 2021

Ra's as-Sanah
  • Sunday, September 1st 2019
  • Thursday, August 20th 2020
  • Tuesday, August 10th 2021
Ashura
  • Monday, September 9th 2019
  • Friday, August 28th 2020
  • Wednesday, August 18th 2021
Mawlid
  • Sunday, November 10th 2019
  • Thursday, October 29th 2020
  • Tuesday, October 19th 2021
Lailat al Miraj
  • Wednesday, April 3rd 2019
  • Sunday, March 22nd 2020
  • Thursday, March 11th 2021
Laylat al-Bara'at
  • Sunday, April 21st 2019
  • Thursday, April 9th 2020
  • Saturday, March 27th 2021
Ramadan
  • from Monday, May 6th to Tuesday, June 4th 2019
  • from Friday, April 24th to Sunday, May 24th 2020
  • from Tuesday, April 13th to Thursday, May 13th 2021
Laylat al-Qadr
  • Saturday, June 1st 2019
  • Tuesday, May 19th 2020
  • Saturday, May 8th 2021
Eid al-Fitr
  • Tuesday, June 4th 2019
  • Sunday, May 24th 2020
  • Thursday, May 13th 2021
Eid-al-Adha
  • Sunday, August 11th 2019
  • Friday, July 31st 2020
  • Tuesday, July 20th 2021

Religious Holidays

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