Hajj and Umrah - Travel Advice For Pilgrims

During the 10th-15th days of the 12th month of the Dhu al-Hijjah (the Islamic calendar), thousands upon thousands take the annual Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca. The Hajj is the biggest annual pilgrimage in the world, culminating in the beautiful and holy lands of the Makkah Province in Saudi Arabia.

Because the Islamic calendar is 11 days shorter than the Gregorian calendar, the calendar most commonly used in western countries, the date of Hajj is 11 days earlier from year to year in a British diary. This year, Hajj fell between the 2nd and the 7th of October, but it is expected that in 2015 these dates will be between the 20th and the 25th of September.