Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi or the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad, the final Prophet of Islam falls on 14.1.2014 and I extend my greetings to all Muslim friends on this occasion although I understand from my Muslim friends that the Prophet wanted only two Eids to be celebrated, Eid-ul-Fitr commemorating the completion of the Holy Quran and Eid-ul-Azha, the day on which Prophet Ibrahim offered his son to be sacrificed to God.
Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi is a low key affair because the Prophet Muhammad never wanted himself to be given importance but more important to him was the words of God as given in the Holy Quran. It used to be a restricted Gazetted Holiday till it was declared a Gazetted Holiday by the then Prime Minister of India, Mr. V.P. Singh. Now, I understand that it is being celebrated on a grander scale although staunch Muslims still treat it as a low-key affair and celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Azha on a grander scale.