When - 18th-19th October
All Over India
This day marks the birth anniversary of the Prophet. According to legends, the Prophet was born on the twelfth day of Rabee-ul-Awwal in Mecca in 570 CE.
According to legends, the Prophet was born on the twelfth day of Rabee-ul-Awwal in Mecca in 570 CE. Rabi-ul-Awwal is the third month of the Islamic lunar calendar. This year, Milad will start from the evening of November 20 and will continue till November 21.
The celebration of Prophet's birthday is believed to have its origins on the 8th century when the Prophet Muhammad's birth house was converted into a house of prayer by Al-Khayzuran. Al-Khayzuran was the mother of a caliph, Harun-al-Rashid. Originally, the festival was celebrated by the Shias. Centuries ago, the day was celebrated with animal sacrifices and huge processions during the day which culminated by a speech by the rulers. Gifts were also offered to those in power.