List of UAE Holidays 2013 Calendar | Holidays in UAE 2013
01 – New Year’s Day
24 – Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday
04 – Ascension Day
07/08 – Eid ul Fitr
15 – Eid ul Adha
04 – Islamic New Year
02 – National Day
A lot of the holidays that are celebrated in the United Arab Emirates are primarily Muslim holidays, and since the Muslim holidays are determined by local sightings of various phases of the moon, most of the dates for the holidays in UAE are different every year.
Background on Holidays in UAE
For obvious reason the first holiday of the year, New Years, celebrated world wide will always fall on the first day of January. Other holidays though like Mouloud, or the birth of the prophet falls on varying days each year. Mouloud is celebrated by the Sunni Muslims on the 12th day of the Islamic month known as Rabi’ al-awwal, and Shi’a Muslims celebrate it on the 17th day of this month. While the holiday of the Ascension of the Prophet or Leilat al-Meiraj is celebrated on the 27th day of the seventh month known as Rajab; this is celebrated as the night that Allah took Mohammad on the journey from Mecca to Jerusalem and finally to heaven.
The next major holiday that is celebrated is Eid Al-Fitr or the end of Ramadan. This holiday is celebrated world wide, not just in the UEA, and is celebrated as a feast after the month of fasting and pious activity. It is usually marked by a morning of prayer later to be spent with family members or calling members who live far away, for traditional Muslim countries this three day event is an official holiday where schools are closed and government buildings shut down.
Eid al Adha, the feast of the sacrifice is the next holiday that is celebrated. It marks the celebration of Ibrahim or (Abraham) desire to follow Allah’s wishes and sacrifice his son Ishmael. The celebration is marked by a day of prayer and special sermons at the Mosque, in the UEA Muslims will purchase an Animal for sacrifice, although this particular custom is not allowed in other parts of the world.
Next is Al-Hijra the Islamic New year, this holiday is celebrated on the first day of Muharram, the month that Muhammad traveled from Mecca to Medina. This holiday is also known as Muharram, the Islamic year is marked as either CE or AH, AH meaning After Hijra. Unlike the other holidays this particular one is not marked by a special celebration instead it is a time of reflection for most Muslims. Finally is the National Day celebration which generally occurs at the beginning of December and essentially celebrates when a country became a nation. Each of these holidays have very significant meaning for the people of the UAE.