When Is Milad un Nabi (Mawlid)? - Holidays in Australia

by Mike Wang on March 15, 2019

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Eid Milad ul-Nabi (Mawlid, Milad) falls on the 12th or 17th day of the Islamic month of Rabi' al-awwal. Some Muslims in Australia celebrate the Prophet Muhammad's birth and life on this date with lectures and conferences on Islam and current events in the Islamic world.

Is Milad un Nabi (Mawlid) a Public Holiday?

Milad un Nabi (Mawlid) is not a public holiday. It falls on Sunday, 10 November 2019 and most businesses follow regular Sunday opening hours in Australia.

What Do People Do?

Many Muslims in Australia may fast during daylight hours on Eid Milad ul-Nabi. They may also attend special prayer meetings or lectures on Muhammad's life or on Islam's spiritual aspects. Some Muslim groups also hold classes for children on Muhammad's life or a communal meal or celebration.

The rooms used during the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday celebrations are often modestly decorated with banners, flowers or balloons. Other groups hold lectures to inform people about Islam, Mohammed's life and current events in the Muslim world. Stalls selling Islamic books are seen at many events.

Public Life

Eid Milad ul-Nabi is not a federal public holiday in Australia.

Milad un Nabi (Mawlid) Observances

Note: Regional customs or moon sightings may cause a variation of the date for Islamic holidays, which begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday. The Islamic calendar is lunar and the days begin at sunset, so there may be one-day error depending on when the New Moon is first seen.

Year Weekday Date Name Holiday Type
2015 Sat 3 Jan Milad un Nabi (Mawlid) Muslim
2015 Thu 24 Dec Milad un Nabi (Mawlid) Muslim
2016 Mon 12 Dec Milad un Nabi (Mawlid) Muslim
2017 Fri 1 Dec Milad un Nabi (Mawlid) Muslim
2018 Wed 21 Nov Milad un Nabi (Mawlid) Muslim
2019 Sun 10 Nov Milad un Nabi (Mawlid) Muslim
2020 Thu 29 Oct Milad un Nabi (Mawlid) Muslim
2021 Tue 19 Oct Milad un Nabi (Mawlid) Muslim
2022 Sat 8 Oct Milad un Nabi (Mawlid) Muslim
2023 Wed 27 Sep Milad un Nabi (Mawlid) Muslim
2024 Mon 16 Sep Milad un Nabi (Mawlid) Muslim
2025 Fri 5 Sep Milad un Nabi (Mawlid) Muslim

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