There are two main holidays in Islam Eid Al-Fitr and Eid Al-Adha.
Eid Al-Fitr is celebrated at the end of Ramadan and due to start on the 19th August. Ramadan is the Islamic month of fasting and is due to start this year 20th July which is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar and will last 29 or 30 days. All Muslims refrain from eating, drinking, & smoking during daylight hours and is intended to tech Muslims about patience, spirituality, humility and submissiveness to God. Once the sun has set the family will gather the fast-breaking meal called Iftar. Charity is a very important part of Islam and more so during Ramadan.
Eid Al-Adha which is celebrated at the end of Hajj (annual pilgrimage to Mecca) is due to start on 26th October 2012. This is the “Festival of Sacrifice” or “Greater Eid” and is an important holiday to commemorate the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his son Ishmael as an act of obedience to God, before God intervened and provided him with a sheep to sacrifice instead.
All of the Islamic Faith Holidays dates can be delayed by one day depending on the first sighting of the lunar crescent in Saudi Arabia.
2012 UAE Holidays
Mouloud – Birth of the Prophet Mohammed
Sunday, 5 February 2012
Israa & Miaraj Night / Leilat al-Meiraj – Ascension of the Prophet
Sunday, 17 June 2012
Start of Ramadhan
Friday, 20 July 2012
Eid al-Fitr – End of Ramadan, 3-days public holiday
Sunday, 19 August 2012
Monday, 20 August 2012
Tuesday, 21 August 2012
Arafat (Haj) Day
Thursday, 25 October 2012
Eid al-Adha / Qurban – Feast of the Sacrifice, a 3-days public holiday
Friday, 26 October 2012
Saturday, 27 October 2012
Sunday, 28 October 2012
Al-Hijra / Hijri New Year’s Day – Islamic New Year
Thursday, 15 November 2012
UAE National Day – a 2-days public holiday
Sunday, 2 December 2012
Monday, 3 December 2012