In Kuwait, Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday is a public holiday that is widely and fervently celebrated on 12 Rabi al-Awwal of the Islamic calendar.
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About two-thirds of Kuwaitis are Sunni Muslim: for them, the Prophet’s birthday comes on 12 Rabi al-Awwal. For the other third who are Shiite, the Prophet’s birthday comes five days later on 17 Rabi al-Awwal. The date varies from year to year on the Gregorian Calendar.
In Kuwait, the weekend occurs on Friday and Saturday, and observance of Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday is adjusted to create a three-day weekend.
Public processions, special mosque services, giving of candy to children and food to the poor, and family gatherings and celebratory meals are the main ways the holiday is observed.