Arafat Day

Islamic Holiday Islamic Holiday celebrated in several countries

The Haj. Arafat Day is celebrated on the day before Eid Al Adha

When is Arafat (Haj) Day?

Year Weekday Date
2017 Thursday 31 August
2016 Sunday 11 September
2015 Wednesday 23 September
2014 Friday 03 October
2013 Monday 14 October

Who observes Arafat Day?

Country Known as Date
Kuwait Kuwait Arafat Day 11 Sep
Libya Libya Arafat Day 11 Sep
Maldives Maldives Hajj Day 11 Sep
Oman Oman Arafat Day 11 Sep
Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia Arafat Day 11 Sep
United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates Arafat (Haj) Day 11 Sep

Arafat Day is the second day of the Hajj pilgrimage and is the day before the first day of the major Islamic Holiday of Eid ul-Adha.

Arafat Day falls on the 9th day of Dhu al-Hijjah, the twelfth and final month in the Islamic calendar.

As the exact day is based on lunar sightings, the date may vary between countries. The date shown on this page is based on the date of Arafat Day in United Arab Emirates.

At dawn on Arafat Day, Muslim pilgrims will make their way from Mina to a nearby hillside and plain called Mount Arafat and the Plain of Arafah. It was here that Muhammad gave his Farewell Sermon in 632 CE.

The Hajj is the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca. This pilgrimage is a mandatory religious duty for Muslims that must be carried out at least once in their lifetime by all who are physically and financially capable of undertaking the journey. The Hajj is considered the largest annual gathering of people in the world

For a full list of Eid al-Adha holidays by day, click here.

Eid al-Adha concludes the Pilgrimage to Mecca. Eid al-Adha lasts for three days and commemorates Ibraham's (Abraham) willingness to obey God by sacrificing his son.

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