Arafat (Haj) Day around the world in 2020

Arafat (Haj) Day around the world in 2020

  How long until Arafat (Haj) Day?
This holiday next takes place in 18 days.
  Dates of Arafat (Haj) Day around the world
2022 Various Jul 9
AfghanistanSat, Jul 9National Holiday
JordanSat, Jul 9National Holiday
KuwaitSat, Jul 9Government Holiday
LibyaSat, Jul 9National Holiday
MalaysiaSat, Jul 9Regional Holiday
MaldivesSat, Jul 9National Holiday
QatarSat, Jul 9National Holiday (additional day)
Saudi ArabiaSat, Jul 9Government Holiday
United Arab EmiratesSat, Jul 9National Holiday
2021 Various Jul 19
AfghanistanMon, Jul 19National Holiday
KuwaitMon, Jul 19National Holiday
LibyaMon, Jul 19National Holiday
MaldivesMon, Jul 19National Holiday
OmanMon, Jul 19National Holiday
United Arab EmiratesMon, Jul 19National Holiday
2020 Various Jul 30
AfghanistanThu, Jul 30National Holiday
JordanThu, Jul 30National Holiday
KuwaitThu, Jul 30Government Holiday
LibyaThu, Jul 30National Holiday
MalaysiaThu, Jul 30Regional Holiday
MaldivesThu, Jul 30National Holiday
United Arab EmiratesThu, Jul 30National Holiday
2019 Various Aug 10
AfghanistanSat, Aug 10National Holiday
KuwaitSat, Aug 10National Holiday
LibyaSat, Aug 10National Holiday
MaldivesSat, Aug 10National Holiday
OmanSat, Aug 10National Holiday
Saudi ArabiaSat, Aug 10National Holiday
United Arab EmiratesSat, Aug 10National Holiday
2018 Various Aug 20
AfghanistanMon, Aug 20National Holiday
BahrainMon, Aug 20National Holiday
EgyptMon, Aug 20National Holiday
KuwaitMon, Aug 20Government Holiday
LibyaMon, Aug 20National Holiday
MaldivesMon, Aug 20National Holiday
OmanMon, Aug 20National Holiday
United Arab EmiratesMon, Aug 20National Holiday
Second day of the Hajj pilgrimage and the day before Eid al Adha. Named after the geographical area Arafa where the Prophet gave his Farewell Sermon.
  Which countries observe Arafat (Haj) Day in 2020?
  AfghanistanJul 30National Holiday
  JordanJul 30National Holiday
  KuwaitJul 30Government Holiday
  LibyaJul 30National Holiday
  MalaysiaJul 30Regional Holiday
  MaldivesJul 30National Holiday
  United Arab EmiratesJul 30National Holiday

When is Arafat Day?

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. 

Traditions of Arafat Day

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 state of being capable of performing the Hajj is called istita'ah, and a Muslim who fulfils this condition is called a mustati.

The Hajj is considered the largest annual gathering of people in the world.

The Quran tells of how God asked the prophet, Ibrahim, to sacrifice his son as a test of his faith. As the prophet prepared to submit to God's will, the devil tried to dissuade him and the prophet Ibrahim threw rocks at the devil. This act is repeated by pilgrims at Hajj who throw stones at symbolic pillars.

Part of Hajj is being seen as equal in the eyes of God. All men wear two pieces of white sheets so that all the attendee’s wealth and social status are the same. Women's clothing is less restrictive, but they must wear white and they can only show their hands and feet.

Unlike other Islamic rites, there is no gender segregation at Hajj. Men and women are permitted to stand side by side. During Hajj, pilgrims are not encouraged to be fasting because they will need their full energy and capacity for the worship of Hajj.

Full list of Eid al-Adha holidays by day

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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