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Middle East Celebrations & Holidays
Islam has relatively few holidays compared to most other religions; nevertheless, their sacred days and times are very important to Muslims. When holidays are being observed, it is common for routine social activities, such as work and commerce, to stop temporarily out of respect for the person or event being remembered.
The Islamic calendar is lunar, like the Jewish calendar, based on solar and lunar cycles, each feast day is movable, with dates shifting from year to year.