Islamic Holidays and Observances


Dates for upcoming Islamic holidays and observances

o Ramadan
November 16, 2001 - December 15, 2001
o 'Eid-ul-Fitr
December 16, 2001 / Shawwal 1, 1422
o Hajj
February 14, 2002 / Dhul-Hijjah 1, 1422
o 'Eid-ul-Adha
February 23, 2002 / Dhul-Hijjah 10, 1422
o Islamic New Year
March 15, 2002 / Muhararam 1, 1423

The Islamic year is based on the lunar cycle, consisting of twelve months of 29 or 30 days each, totaling 353 or 354 days. Each new month begins at the sighting of a new moon. Actual dates may differ by a day or two from the above dates. In many places, the moon-sighting is often determined in advance by astronomical calculations.