Eid-e-Milad also known as Milad un-Nabi and Nabi Day, is celebrated on 13th December, 2016. Hardly two days are left for the in Eid Milad-un-Nabi and preparations are in full swing. This festival signifies the birth of Prophet Muhammad’s birthday. People celebrate this special day with lot of zeal and enthusiam. On this auspicious day, each and every Muslim around the globe celebrate this day by having night long prayers meeting. The date of this festival varies in the Gregorian calendar. The origin of celebrating this day dates back to the early four Rashidun Caliphs of Islam. The idea was first initiated by the Fatimids.Also Read - UN-designated Terror Group Jaish-e-Mohammed Threatens French President Macron

It is believed that Prophet’s birthday and its origins was on the 8th century when the Prophet Muhammad’s birth house was converted into a house of prayer by Al-Khayzuran. Who is Al-Khayzuran? She was the mother of a caliph, Harun-al-Rashid. Initially this day was only celebrated by the Shias community. Earlier people use to celebrate this day with animal sacrifices and huge processions but now the entire system of celebration has changed over the years. Also Read - French President Emmanuel Macron Receives Threat From Al-Qaeda, After Country Kills 50 Jihadists

Eid-e-Milad is celebrated in the third month of the Islamic calendar. On the occasion of Eid-ul-milad, people gather and celebrate the advent of Prophet Muhammad’s birthday. The Sunni community of Muslim’s celebrate this auspicious on the 12th of the Islamic month of Rabi’ al-awwal. Whereas the Shi’a community celebrate it on the 17th of Rabi’ al-awwal. People visit mosques and offer special prayers for peace and happiness to all. People also  meet relatives, exchange gifts and share delicacies. ALSO READ: When is Eid-e-milad 2016 in India: Date, Timing & Significance of Eid-ul-milad Also Read - Pakistani Teacher Beheads French President Macron's Effigy In Front of Young Girls, Video Goes Viral

During, 12th century the Sunnis adopted this festival but was celebrated on a different date. By 15th century, this celebration was adopted by large numbers of people. In 20th century, Eid-e-milad, became a national holiday and was celebrated across the globe. Earlier, devotees use to celebrate the birth of Prophet privately but now the celebration are performed on a grand scale. This celebration symbolizes strengthening of the entire Muslim community in and around the world. On this day, people perform animal sacrifice and held processions along with a grand feast. Further people also recite Quran and offer prayers.

The occasion is celebrated at its best and people wear new clothes, observe prayers, and even exchange greetings with each other. Eid is just not incomplete without sweet Sheer Kurma and Sevaiyan. What does the word ‘Mawalid‘ mean? The word is derived from the Arabic word which means to give birth and in this context the term refers to the observance of Prophet Muhammad.

Devotees wear green flags in their hands and tie ribbons on their wrist to celebrate Prophet Muhammad’s teachings. The color green represents Islam and paradise. We wish happy Eid-e-Milad to everyone out there.