Mawlid Al Nabi, the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad, is celebrated in various ways around the world. For example, Muslims in Pakistan celebrate the day by hoisting the country's national flag on their national monuments and by offering a gun salute. In other countries, such as India, the event is celebrated with large processions and religious gatherings.
Mawlid Al Nabi is celebrated in respect of the birth of the Prophet Muhammad. The day falls in the third month of the Islamic calendar. Although the celebrations for the Prophet's birthday are known to have started in the eighth century, the majority of Muslims adopted the festival by the 15th century. Today, many regions around the globe observe a national holiday on Mawlid Al Nabi. On this special day, mosques are decorated and there is an atmosphere of fervor. Thousands of Muslims offer prayers all night long and recite the Holy Quran. People on this day exchange gifts with each other and also feed the poor. They come together for the purpose of praising the Prophet and discussing his way of life. A few countries, including Saudi Arabia, do not celebrate Mawlid Al Nabi due to their strict adherence to Wahhabi Islam.