Major Islamic Holidays

The Islamic calendar is based on the lunar year so religious holidays and celebrations shift throughout the seasons.

Ramadan Month of fasting during daylight hours. Many restaurants close during the day (though some, mainly in upscale hotels, remain open for discreet serving of non-fasters). Most licensed premises stop serving alcohol for the entire month. It is a crime to drink, smoke or eat in public during fasting hours. Tourist sites, and many businesses, keep shorter hours.

Eid Al Fitr Three-day celebration marking the end of Ramadan.

Eid Al Adha Three-to-four-day celebration commemorating Ibrahim's (Abraham's) sacrifice.

Islamic New Year Beginning of the Islamic calender's new year. Usually a public holiday for government and public-sector employees. Private businesses remain open.

Prophet's Birthday A national holiday if it falls on a work day.

Note that dates below are approximate as confirmation is based on the sighting of the new moon.

Ramadan begins

2020

24 Apr

2021

13 Apr

2022

3 Apr

2023

23 Mar

Eid Al Fitr

2020

24 May

2021

13 May

2022

3 May

2023

24 Apr

Eid Al Adha

2020

31 Jul

2021

20 Jul

2022

9 Jul

2023

28 Jun

Islamic New Year

2020

20 Aug

2021

9 Aug

2022

30 Jul

2023

19 Jul

Prophet's Birthday

2020

28 Oct

2021

17 Oct

2022

8 Oct

2023

27 Sep