Abrahamic / Middle Eastern Islam The Specific Dates for the Day of Arafat from 2017 to 2025 Share Flipboard Email Print Universal Images Group / Getty Images Islam Important Principles Prayer Salat Prophets of Islam The Quran Ramadan and Eid Al Fitr Hajj and Eid Al Adha By Huda Islam Expert M.Ed., Loyola University–Maryland B.S., Child Development, Oregon State University Huda is an educator, school administrator, and author who has more than two decades of experience researching and writing about Islam online. our editorial process Huda Updated March 13, 2019 The Day of Arafat (Arafah) is an Islamic holiday that falls on the ninth day of the month of Dhu al-Hijah in the Islamic calendar. It falls on the second day of the Hajj pilgrimage. On this day, pilgrims on the way to Mecca visit Mount Arafat, a high plain that is the site from which the Prophet Mohammad gave a famous sermon near the end of his life. Because the Day of Arafat is based on a lunar calendar, its date shifts from year to year. Here are the dates of the next few years: 2017: Thursday, August 312018: Monday, August 202019: Saturday, August 102020: Thursday, July 302021: Monday, July 192022: Saturday, July 92023: Wednesday, June 282024: Sunday, June 162025: Friday, June 6 During the Day of Arafat, roughly two million Muslims that head to Mecca will make their way to Mount Arafat from dawn to dusk where they make prayers of obedience and devotion and listen to speakers. The plain is located about 20 kilometers (12.5 miles) east of Mecca and is a required stop for pilgrims on their way to Mecca. Without this stop, a pilgrimage is not considered to be fulfilled. Muslims worldwide who are not making the pilgrimage observe the Day of Arafat by fasting and other acts of devotion.