Dates for Hajj in 2015 (1436) The actual dates for Hajj in 2015 (1436) have been confirmed as follows,
Note: This year the actual dates for Hajj did not match with many popular calculations as presented on websites such as IslamicFinder. But the dates in this post have been confirmed per the references below and are based on official announcements by the Saudi Authorities.
If you are performing Hajj this year, to help you plan it is important to have an idea of Prayer (Salah) times during the Hajj days. The table below presents calculated Prayer times for Makkah,
That “fasting on the day of Arafat” (i.e. 9th Dhul Hijjah), “which immediately precedes the day of the Eid of Sacrifice” (i.e. Eid Al-Adha), “is also recommended, except for those who are doing the pilgrimage”. , 
That ” fasting on the day of Arafat ” (i.e. 9th Dhul Hijjah), ” which immediately precedes the day of the Eid of Sacrifice (i.e. Eid Al-Adha), is “, ” recommended, except for those who are doing the pilgrimage “. (link, link)
Ref: “English Translation of Jāmi‘ At-Tirmidhī”. Compiled by Mohammad Ibn ‘Eisā At-Tirmidhi et al. Darussalam. Nov, 2007. Volume 2, Hadith #749 (Daif), pg 186 (please refer to Comments)
Further to my “1st of Dhul Hijjah (1433)” post the other day, according to ISNA (here) and the Fiqh Council of North America (here) “the Hajj authorities in Makkah have confirmed that the Day of Arafah will be on Thursday, October 25, 2012“. So the days for Hajj for this year (1433 / 2012) are as follows,
“It is recommended for a person who has made his clear intention to offer the sacrifice to observe” certain “restrictions from the beginning of the month of Dhul Hijjah until the sacrifice is made. He is simply required not to take anything off his hair or body. Hence, the restrictions are not to cut his hair or clip his nails.” (link)
As a reference the following is a scan from of the page from the English Translation of Sahih Muslim, Volume 5, pg 316.
According to the ISNA (Islamic Society of North America) website (link), the following are expected dates for 1433/2012,
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 is expected to be the first day (1st) of Dhul Hijjah 1433
Thursday, October 25, 2012 – is expected to be the day of Arafat (9th Dhul Hijjah)
Friday, October 26, 2012 – is expected to be Eid ul Adha (10th Dhul Hijjah)
Note: The final determination of the actual dates will be contingent on the announcement by the Hajj authorities in Makkah.
A quick photo I was wanting to share with everyone (below). I took this at approximately 7 pm on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 (1st of Dhul Hijjah 1433). You can just make out the moon on the left hand side of the photo. If you are interested the following statistics are according to calculations,