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 Day?

How long until Arafat (Haj) Day?
This holiday next takes place in 213 Days.
Dates of Arafat Day
Year Weekday Date
2019 Sunday 11 August
2018 Monday 20 August
2017 Thursday 31 August
2016 Sunday 11 September
2015 Wednesday 23 September
Who observes Arafat Day?
Country Date
Kuwait Kuwait 20 Aug
Libya Libya 21 Aug
Maldives Maldives 21 Aug
Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia 20 Aug
United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates 20 Aug
Second day of the Hajj. Named after the geographical area Arafa where the Prophet gave his farewell Sermon

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.

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 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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