There are several ethnic holidays commonly celebrated by the large Muslim community in Kentucky. They include: Ashura- a holy day for those of the Islamic faith. The day is observed on the 10th day of the month Muharram on the Islamic calendar. The day serves to commemorate the people’s prophet’s descendant, Hussein, who was martyred. Milad un Nabi – This sacred day, March 20th, commemorates the birthday of the Islamic prophet. However, not all Muslims choose to celebrate this day, feeling it makes light of a sacred occasion. Some specialty groups of Muslims choose to celebrate the prophet’s birthday five days later than it actually occurred, on March 25th. Ramadan – The second day of September marks the beginning of the month during which members of the Islamic faith fast. Their fasting lasts from sun up to sun down and is broken by a very light meal at sundown. Eid-Ul-Fitr – When September is over and October begins, Muslims stop their period of fasting and return to normal eating habits. They also give thanks to God, whom they refer to as Allah, for helping them to make it through the month without falling into temptation and breaking the fast inappropriately. Hajj- Hajj starts in December and marks the beginning of the yearly pilgrimage to “Mecca” made by devout members of the Islamic faith. Muslims are expected to make this trek at least once, though many choose to go more than one time, with some even going yearly.

Eid-Ul-Adha- This holiday occurs after Arafat, which is one of the many special days that takes places during Hajj. Eid-Ul-Adha lasts over four days and is a time of sacrifice, comparable to the Catholic holiday of lent.