Jumatul Bidah around the world in 2021

Jumatul Bidah around the world in 2021
Baitul Mukarram National Mosque is the National Mosque of Bangladesh, located at the center of Dhaka. Image by Md. Nazmul Hasan Khan

  How long until Jumatul Bidah?
This holiday next takes place in 266 days.
  Dates of Jumatul Bidah around the world
2022 Various Apr 29
BangladeshFri, Apr 29National Holiday
India Apr 29
Jammu and KashmirFri, Apr 29Regional Holiday
MizoramFri, Apr 29Regional Holiday
2021 Various May 7
BangladeshFri, May 7National Holiday
IndiaFri, May 7Regional Holiday
2020 Various May 22
BangladeshFri, May 22National Holiday
IndiaFri, May 22Regional Holiday
2019 Various May 31
BangladeshFri, May 31National Holiday
IndiaFri, May 31Regional Holiday
2018 Various Jun 8, Jun 15
BangladeshFri, Jun 15National Holiday
India Jun 8
Jammu and KashmirFri, Jun 8Regional Holiday
MizoramFri, Jun 8Regional Holiday
  Summary
Jumatul Bidah translates as 'Friday of farewell' and marks the last Friday prayers in the holy month of Ramadan
  Which countries observe Jumatul Bidah in 2021?
  BangladeshMay 7National Holiday
  IndiaMay 7Regional Holiday

When is Jumatul Bidah?

Jumatul Bidah is celebrated on the last Friday in the Islamic month* of Ramadan. It is a public holiday in Bangladesh and a regional holiday in the Indian states of Jammu and Kashmir and Uttarakhand, where it is known as 'Jumat-ul-Wida'.

Traditions of Jumatul Bidah

Jumatul Bidah translates as 'Friday of farewell' and marks the last Friday prayers in the holy month of Ramadan. Some Muslims regard this day as the second holiest of Ramadan and spend a large part of the day in worship.

In Bangladesh, large numbers will attend prayers and the largest takes place at the National Mosque of Bangladesh in Dhaka known as Baitul Mokarram Mosque.

Baitul Mukarram Mosque is located in the center of Dhaka, capital of Bangladesh. The mosque was completed in 1968 and has a capacity of 30,000, making it the 10th biggest mosque in the world. Despite this huge capacity, the mosque has to be extended during the month of Ramadan to accomodate another 10,000 worshippers.

The Islamic Calendar

*The Islamic calendar is based on the moon (Lunar) , while the solar calendar is based on the sun (Solar). The solar calendar months are made of 30 or 31 days except for February. The Lunar calendar months are made of 29 or 30 days. Ramadan can therefore last for either 29 days or 30 days.)

The start and end of the month is based on a combination of physical sightings of the moon and astronomical calculations. The practice varies from place to place, some places relying heavily on sighting reports and others totally on calculations. In the United States, most communities follow the decision of the Islamic Society of North America, which accepts bonafide sightings of the new moon anywhere in the United States as determining the start and end of the month.

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