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Id-e-Milad is a precious festival for Muslims who celebrate the birthday of Prophet Muhammad. It is also known as Muhammad’s Birthday, Nabi Day or Mawlid. In India, it is a gazetted holiday. However, Muslims all over the world celebrate this festival with great joy.
Id-e-Milad is one of the much-awaited Muslim festivals. This festival brings happiness to the Muslim community. Muslims throughout the globe pay homage to Prophet Muhammad. On the festival day, they wear new clothes and visit the nearest mosques to submit special prayers. Prophet Muhammad was born in Mecca, a city in Arabia. His teachings are believed to have been very valuable to the community. Therefore, Muslims will organize meetings to recall and discuss the great teachings of Prophet Muhammad.

Is Milad un-Nabi/Id-e-Milad a Public Holiday?

Milad un-Nabi/Id-e-Milad is a public holiday. The general population has a day off, and schools and most businesses are closed. In 2022, it falls on a Sunday, and some businesses may choose to follow Sunday opening hours.

What Do People Do?

Those who observe Milad-un-Nabi gatherings remember, discuss and celebrate the advent of the Prophet Muhammad’s birth and his teachings. In addition, some people send Milad-un-Nabi e-cards to friends and family. Many Sunni Muslims celebrate this event on the 12th of the Islamic month of Rabi’ al-awwal, while the Shi’a community celebrates it on the 17th of Rabi’ al-awwal.

Many activities include:

  • Night-long prayer meetings.
  • Marches and parades involve large crowds.
  • Sandal rites over the symbolic footprints of the Prophet Muhammad.
  • Festive banners and bunting on and in homes, mosques, and other buildings.
  • Communal meals in mosques and other community buildings.
  • Meetings to listen to stories and poems (nats) about Mohammad’s life, deeds, and teachings.
  • Exhibitions featuring photos of mosques in the holy cities of Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia.

Many people carry green flags or banners or wear green ribbons or items of clothing when participating in these events. The color green represents Islam and paradise. Many Kashmiri Muslims gather at the Hazratbal shrine in Srinagar, in the Indian province of Jammu and Kashmir. It houses a hair believed to have come from the Prophet Mohammad. Thousands of people attend prayers at the shrine the night before Milad un-Nabi. The relic is displayed in the mosque after the morning prayers. It was paraded through the town in previous years.

How Is The Festival Celebrated?

  • Muslims clean their houses and streets. They also clean the mosques in their cities.
  • They will visit the mosques or the common praying area in their towns.
  • Processions will be taken out by people who also shout praises about Prophet Muhammad.
  • Muslims will make their children attend the meetings wherein the teachings of Prophet Muhammad are discussed. Children keenly participate in events organized on the occasion of Id-e-Milad.
  • Men prefer wearing Jubbhas, while women prefer wearing Abayas. It is to show complete devotion.
  • Muslims will sing in public places. Maulud is a popular song that many Muslims sing to mark the festival—as per the culture of Islam, singing this song on the festival day carries good fortune.
  • Lectures: Lectures are conducted by religious speakers to spread the message of the Prophet Muhammad.
  • Arts: The deeds and life of Prophet Muhammad shall be honored by writing essays and poems. The paintings, which are suitable for the festival of Id-e-Milad, are created by artists.
  • Friends, families, and relatives will share sweets among themselves. The most commonly distributed sweet is honey.

Best Places To Visit During Id-e-Milad in 2022

India has a list of beautiful destinations that are extremely special for the festival of Id-e-Milad. The rich can travel abroad to celebrate the festival. If you are staying near the city of Delhi, consider visiting this city to experience the actual celebration of Id-e-Milad. The people residing in the city of Mumbai have several destinations to visit during the festival of Id-e-Milad. If you are in search of the best destinations in Mumbai to celebrate Id-e-Milad 2022, you may see the following goals:

Haj House: It is a place where the meeting is held to discuss the birthday celebration of Prophet Muhammad.

Mohammed Ali Road: Mohammed Ali Road is very famous for shopping.

Minara Masjid: This masjid is fully decorated for this great festival. The people will visit this masjid in significant numbers.

Central Mumbai: One can watch big rallies stirring from one road to another. People from all parts of the city will visit this place.

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