When is Milad un-Nabi or Eid-e-Milad? The special occasion will be celebrated on 13th December, 2016 and this day signifies the birth of Prophet Muhammad’s birthday. On this auspicious day, each and every Muslims all over the world celebrate this day with lot of zeal and enthusiasm. It is celebrated in the third month of the Islamic calendar. They even call this day as ‘Nabi Day’. 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. Muslims celebrate the advent of the Prophet Muhammad’s teachings and even held social gatherings wherein they have night long prayers meeting. The date of this festival varies in the Gregorian calendar.Also Read - Eid Milad-un-Nabi 2021: Know its Date, History And Significance

The ‘Mawalid‘ 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. On this day, people carry green flags in their hands and tie ribbons on their wrist to celebrate Prophet Muhammad’s teachings. Have you ever thought why only green color and what does this shade represent? The color green represents Islam and paradise. 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: Eid-e-milad 2016: All you need to know about Prophet Muhammad’s birthday Eid-ul-milad! Also Read - Eid-e-Milad un Nabi 2020: Here are Eid Mubarak Wishes, Quotes to Share with Your Loved Ones

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 - Eid Milad-un-Nabi 2019: India Date, Significance And Celebration of Mawlid al-Nabi, The Prophet’s Birthday

Significance of Eid-e-milad:

Eid-e-milad is celebrated with by all the Muslim community across the globe. This occasion is one of the biggest holy occasions which commemorates the birth and celebrate the teachings of Prophet Muhammad’s. Eid-ul-milad is perfectly explained in the Holy Quran. This is one of the most awaited festivals for all Muslims. The important element of this festival is celebrating prophet’s teaching. Eid is celebrated with great fun and enthusiasm amongst Muslims. People visit mosques and offer special prayers for peace and happiness to all. People also  meet relatives, exchange gifts and share delicacies.

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.

Traditions and rituals:

During early dates people celebrating the birth of Prophet was arranged privately but slowly and steadily the celebration was introduced on a grand scale. This celebration symbolizes strengthening of the Muslim community. On this day, people perform animal sacrifice and held processions along with a grand feast. Further people also recite Quran and offer prayers

Its all about sacrificing halal animals which is then further distributed among the needy and poor people. Id-e-Milad prayers are been performed after the sunrise and before entering the Zuhr time. The occasion is celebrated at its best when people wear new clothes, observe prayers and exchange greetings. Eid is incomplete without sweet Sheer Kurma and Sevaiyan.

Similar to other auspicious festivals, it is required for the Muslim believers to make a social impression by updating their profiles. The occasion holds much importance for Muslims, as it is associated with one of the most revered icons of Islam.

The occasion is celebrated at its best when people wear new clothes, observe prayers, and exchange greetings. Eid is incomplete without sweet Sheer Kurma and Sevaiyan. On this auspicious occasion, we at India.com wish each one of you Happy Eid. We just hope you celebrate and strengthen the bond of love with your loved ones.