Somali Culture

Dates of Significance

Islamic dates of significance are based on the Islamic lunar calendar, and therefore the actual dates vary from year to year. Some important dates include:

  • New Year’s Day (1st of January)
  • Night Journey – Isra and Mir’aj (Typically in April)
  • End of Ramadan – Eid al-Fitr (Typically in May)
  • Feast of Sacrifice – Eid al-Adha (Typically in June)
  • Independence Day – Northern Regions (26th of June) 
  • Independence Day – Southern Regions (1st of July)
  • May Day (1st of May)
  • Birthday of the Prophet Muhammad – Mawlid an-Nabi (Typically in November)
  • New Year’s Eve (31st of December)

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