Islamic Calendar 2020: Muslim Festivals & Events

Islamic Calendar 2020The majority of populations in India are the followers of Islam, also known to be one of the largest followed religion in the world. The people who follow Islam are known as Muslims. Muslims are known to be one of the most religious people in the world, and one reason behind this is that they have preserved their cultural values in all the forms from a long time.

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Even in this modern world, Islam has maintained its serenity and aesthetics among its followers just like the old times. People look up to Prophet Muhammad, the founder of Islam, as the ultimate messenger of God. The year 2020 will mark another year of Islamic festivals celebrated with happiness all around. The Islamic Calendar is one thing that has been a constant source in preserving the values and rituals taught in Islam. Islamic Calendar 2020 contains all the essential dates with festival names which anyone can refer to plan their day, month or even the whole year. Islamic Calendar is also known as the Hijri Calendar. This year, the Hijri Calendar will be known as the year 1441 AH.

Hijri/Islamic/Arabic Calendar 2020

Holidays Hijri/Islamic Date Gregorian Date/Day
Islamic New Year 1 Muḥarram 1441 AH 31 Aug. 2019 (Saturday)
Ashura 10 Muḥarram 1441 AH 9 Sep. 2019 (Monday)
Arba'een 20 Ṣafar 1441 AH 19 Oct. 2019 (Saturday)
Eid-e-Shuja' (Eid-e-Zahra) 9 Rabī‘ al-Awwal 1441 AH 6 Nov. 2019 (Wednesday)
Mawlid an-Nabī (Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday) 12 Rabī‘ al-Awwal (Sunni) 1441 AH 9 Nov. 2019 (Saturday)
17 Rabī‘ al-Awwal (Shia) 1441 AH 14 Nov. 2019 (Thursday)
Birthday of ‘Alī ibn Abī Ṭālib 13 Rajab 1441 AH 8 Mar. 2020 (Sunday)
Laylat al-Mi'raj (Israk Mikraj) 27 Rajab[e] 1441 AH 22 Mar. 2020 (Sunday)
Laylat al-Bara'at 15 Sha‘bān 1441 AH 8 Apr. 2020 (Wednesday)
Birthday of Muhammad al-Mahdī 15 Sha‘bān 1441 AH 8 Apr. 2020 (Wednesday)
First day of Ramaḍān 1 Ramaḍān 1441 AH 24 Apr. 2020 (Friday)
Laylat al-Qadr 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, or 29 Ramaḍān[f] 1441 AH Between 12 & 22 May 2020 (Tuesday - Friday)
Chaand Raat 29 or 30 Ramaḍān[h] 1441 AH 23 May 2020 (Saturday)
Eid al-Fitr 1 Shawwāl 1441 AH 24 May 2020 (Sunday)
Hajj 8–13 Dhū al-Ḥijja 1441 AH 29 July – 3 Aug. 2020 (Wednesday -Monday)
Day of Arafah 9 Dhū al-Ḥijja 1441 AH 30 July 2020 (Thursday)
Eid al-Adha 10 Dhū al-Ḥijja 1441 AH 31 July 2020 (Friday)
Eid al-Ghadeer 18 Dhū al-Ḥijja 1441 AH 8 Aug. 2020 (Saturday)
Eid al-Mubahalah 10 Dhū al-Ḥijja 1441 AH 14 Aug, 2020 (Friday)

The first day of this Calendar is marked by Muharram which is the Islamic New Year day. In 2020, Muharram will be celebrated on 20th-21st August in the whole world. There are many other festivals which are observed by Muslims. The major festival which is celebrated with much zeal is Eid. The Hijri Calendar follows the Lunar Calendar.

Islam and Its Five Pillars

  • Shahadah: One is said to be a pure Muslim if s/he believes in the existence of one and only one god, i.e. Allah with Muhammad to be his messenger. One must be faithful to Muslim codes and conduct and declare his/her faith in Him.
  • Salat: A true Muslim must perform namaz or prayer five times a day, and follow the needed ritual before and after reading. Prayers must be offered at dawn (Fajr) before sunrise, during noon (Dhuhr), afternoon (Asr) before sunset, evening (Maghrib) after sunset and night (Isha). Namaz must be read while facing the Kaaba.
  • Zakat: A Muslim abides by the rule of charity for the betterment of poor and needy. This obligatory act helps one to attain purification and better growth.
  • Sawm: Sawm or Siyam means fasting, which can be categorised in three types: ritualistic, compensatory due to repentance and aesthetic. Muslims fast ritually during the sacred month of Ramadan and do not consume any food or water throughout the day.
  • Hajj: In Islam, travelling to Mecca on a pilgrimage is known to be of high significance. It is called as Hajj. General and non-muslim tourists are not allowed to enter this place. The main ritual consists of walking around Kaaba seven times, performing Istilam by touching the Black Stone, travelling between Mount Marwah and Mount Safa seven times and “stoning” the Devil.

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Muslim Festivals In The Year 2020

Eid Al-Fitr is the festival which is celebrated after the month of Ramadan. This is one of the major festivals celebrated by the Muslims. Sweets are distributed, and a special dish called Seviyan is prepared from milk, dry fruits and vermicelli. After that, it is served to all the friends, relatives and family who come to celebrate the festival. This festival will be celebrated on 24th May in the year 2020.

Eid Al-Adha is the festival which is celebrated worldwide by Muslims. On this day, mutton (sheep/goat/lamb meat) is cooked. A goat/sheep/lamb is sacrificed and is divided into three parts. One part of the meat goes to the charity, one part is shared with relatives and friends, and the family members eat the third or last part.

Ramadan is the ninth holy month in the Islamic Calendar when Muslims carry out fasting for the whole month. Suhoor, or early meal before sunrise, and iftar, meal after sunset is consumed with friends and relatives before starting and after ending the fast respectively. The month of Ramadan will begin on the 24th of April in the year 2020.

Features of Islamic Calendar

  • The Hijri Calendar or Islamic Calendar was founded by Prophet Muhammad in 622 AD/CE.
  • The Calendar has 12 months in total, just like the Gregorian Calendar.
  • All the important dates relevant to Islamic culture are given in Islamic Calendar 2020.
  • The year 2020 according to the Gregorian Calendar is the Islamic year 1441.
  • The beginning of every month in the Islamic Calendar is on a new moon day.

The year 2020 will come with a whole new set of experiences when it comes to Islam as a religion along with its traditional and cultural values.

Benefits of Islamic Calendar

  • The events of the upcoming year can be seen in the Calendar and likewise, the days can be planned.
  • All the dates which are essential can be marked, and then plans can be made accordingly.
  • The festivals can be noted, and all the arrangements for the celebration can be made beforehand.
  • You get all the aesthetic details about the Hijri as well as Gregorian dates.
  • One can plan the sacred pilgrimage to Hajj during the Islamic months with the help of the Islamic Calendar.

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The Islamic Calendar 2020 brings you the opportunity to celebrate all the Islamic festivals with utmost zeal. Spend the year with family and friends as much as you want and try to plan out the holidays and special days. Step into this year with more confidence and happiness.