You must be asking yourself what the word “marhaba” means, and perhaps even the language in which it belongs. “Marhaba” in the Arabic language would be simply translated as “welcome”, and you are welcomed to be informed comprehensibly and accurately regarding the Arab holidays according to the Muslim traditions.
The events celebrated by those who believe and follow the Muslim faith and tradition revolve around two major occasions known as Ramadan and Hajj, which, like all Muslim celebrations, are predicted according to the Islamic calendar. The calendar is lunar based and can cause date variations every year for each specific holiday.
Popular Arab Holidays
The first major celebration which marks the beginning of the year is “Muharram”, which is the New Year holiday according to Islamic tradition. This holy month of Muharram marks the beginning of the Islamic year ever since the year of Hegira, which is the year in which the holy prophet Muhammad moved from the holy capital of the Muslim world (Mecca), to the city of Medina. From a historical sense, the year of the Hegira would be year 622 A.D. This Arabic tradition is welcomed every year with rather quiet celebrations, mainly involving prayer, reflection upon one’s self, and generally focusing on the spiritual aspects of life.
The next holiday in the Islamic calendar would be the celebration of prophet Muhammad’s birthday, which in Arabic is called Mawlidal-Nabi. This day signifies the birthday of the holy prophet, father of the Islamic faith and tradition, and it is celebrated on the 12th day of the Rabi I month according to the Arabic lunar calendar. This day is celebrated by remembering the life of the prophet and the significance of all his actions and teachings. It is worth mentioning that this day is not celebrated quite by all Muslim faith believers, such as the Islamic Fundamentalists.
One of the most important Arabic holidays is the Ramadan, which is a month of abstinence and fasting. During the month of Ramadan, those who follow the faith accordingly will not eat or drink from dawn until dusk. This way, they learn to live as humble as the poor and focus on their spiritual nurturing, through prayers and reflection, without any distractions of the body. The month concludes with family and friends celebrations, which also involve charitable actions such as feeding the poor or donating to mosques.
The final celebration which concludes the main religious holidays in the Arabic world is the Hajj, otherwise known as the pilgrimage to Mecca. While the Hajj usually is a once in life occurrence for every Muslim, the holiday is concluded festively with the sacrificing of a lamb, which is to be shared with friends and family, thus symbolizing generosity, one of the main pillar of the Islamic faith.