Among many important festivals celebrated by the Muslim community, Barawafat Festival is counted as a day of celebrating the birth of the Prophet Muhammad. It is also known by the name Milad-Un-Nabi. For celebrating this festival Muslims consider the Islamic calendar that reflects that birthday of the prophet Muhammad occurs in the third month, that is called Rabi' al-awwal.
It is said that this festival is being celebrated since 11th century. Various rituals are performed during the festival. The renowned men in the Mosque deliver sermons, and throw light on the life and noble works of the Prophet and motivate people to walk on his footprints. Public meetings are organised in the mosques where the Islamic religious leaders and scholars makes people aware about the different aspects of the life of Prophet Mohammad. The devotees offer Tribute to him on this day. They also sing religious songs. On this occasion all streets, mosques and buildings are decorated with colourful streamers and banners and are decorated with colourful lights at night time.
In many parts Feasts are arranged and food is offered to the guests and the poor and deserving people without any discrimination of caste. Huge processions pass through the street narrating the story and life- teaching of Prophet. Barawafat Festival is celebrated in all of those countries where any number of Muslims resides. Saudi Arabia is the only Muslim country where there is no official public holiday announced on this auspicious day.
By- Anita Aishvarya