Prophet Muhammad’s birthday is commemorated by Muslims in Fiji on 12 Rabi’ al-awwal of the Islamic calendar. Although only around six percent of Fiji’s population are Muslim, nonetheless, Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday is an official public holiday across the country.
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While Muslims live throughout Fiji, they tend to be concentrated more heavily on the northern island of Vanua Levu than on the southern island of Viti Levu, where the capital city of Suva is located. The main town on Vanua Levu where people gather at an Islamic centre each year to celebrate “Mawlid” is Labasa.
Fiji has multiple Muslim leagues that help organise the celebrations each year, both for Prophet’s Birthday and other Muslim holy days. More than a thousand attendees have come to the Labasa event before, and there are smaller meetings held in other towns all over Fiji. And of course, Muslims celebrate at their local mosques and in their private homes as well.