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Prophet Muhammad's Birthday
Lebanon

Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday 2020 and 2021 in Lebanon

Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday is an annual public holiday in Lebanon that is celebrated each year on 12 Rabi al-Awwal on the Islamic calendar. The date moves by approximately 11 days each year on the Gregorian calendar.

YearDateDayHoliday
202029 OctThuProphet Muhammad's Birthday
202118 OctMonProphet Muhammad's Birthday

Lebanon has unique religious demographics in the Middle East, and that fact is reflected on the holiday calendar. Both Christmas and Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday (Mawlid) are public holidays in Lebanon, a land 55 percent Muslim and 40 percent Christian.

To make matters even more diverse, there is a near 50-50 split between Sunnis and Shiites among Lebanon’s Muslim population. This affects when Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday is observed at a local level, since Sunnis keep it on the twelfth and Shiites on the seventeenth of the month of Rabi al-Awwal.

In Lebanon, there are many Mawlid parades, special mosque services, and family feasts on Prophet’s Birthday. Sufis in Sidon and elsewhere put on colourful dances and musical performances as well.