What Are the Major Islamic Festivals?

What Are the Major Islamic Festivals?
Whether you know a Muslim in your life or have never met a Muslim; there’s one thing I am sure you know about Islam and that one thing is Ramadan whether you know the name of the month or even just learned that it’s a month right now, but still know something or two about it.


And if you are curious to learn more about Ramadan and other major Islamic festivals; you’ve come to the right place, and by the end of this article, you will know what are the major Islamic festivals. So let’s get to it.


What Are the Major Islamic Festivals?

The major Islamic festivals, alternatively referred to as Islamic holidays, adhere to the Islamic lunar calendar and bear considerable cultural and religious significance for Muslims worldwide. 


So, below are some of these significant Islamic festivals:


  • Eid al-Fitr: Eid al-Fitr begins the moment Ramadan ends, and that’s the whole point, it celebrates the month and our fasting and it translates to the “festival of breaking the fast”, you start the day by praying the Eid prayer, then depending on your family’s tradition you celebrate three days.


It’s one of the two major Holidays in Islam; you celebrate with family and food and help the people in need if possible, this festival ties the communities together more and brings people closer. 


  • Eid al-Adha: Dubbed the “Festival of Sacrifice,” Eid al-Adha pays tribute to Prophet Ibrahim’s obedience to Allah, exemplified by his readiness to sacrifice his son. 


This festival coincides with the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca and involves the ceremonial sacrifice of animals such as sheep, goats, cows, or camels. The meat is then distributed among family, friends, and those less fortunate.


It’s the second one of the two major holidays in Islam, it lasts for four days.


  • Ashura: Occurring on the 10th day of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic lunar calendar, Ashura holds significance for both Sunni and Shia Muslims, albeit with differing practices. 


These festivals exhibit variations in cultural practices and observances across different Muslim communities worldwide. Nevertheless, they all carry profound religious significance and serve as opportunities for spiritual reflection, community cohesion, and acts of benevolence.


What Is the First Festival in Islam?

Eid al-Fitr, the first festival in Islam, marks the end of Ramadan, the sacred month of fasting. 


This festive occasion also called the “Festival of Breaking the Fast,” includes special prayers, communal feasts, gift-giving, and acts of charity. 


It resembles the end of a time devoted to Ramadan, spiritual reflection, and self-discipline, bringing Muslims together in communal celebrations to express gratitude and celebrate the blessings of Ramadan.


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