Muharram 2019

Muharram or Muharram denotes the commencement of the Islamic year and is a gazetted holiday in India. Muslims consider it to be a holy month. As the Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar, the festival date changes. The word Muharram signifies forbidden. The Sunni Muslims observe fasting on Ashura, which is the tenth day of the festival of Muharram.

Muharram Holiday 2019

Muharram refers to the Islamic New Year celebrations or the first 10 days of the first month according to the Muslim calendar. In 2019, the Muharram is observed on 10 September, which falls on Tuesday.

Significance Of The Festival

The Shia Muslim community mourns the demise of Hussain Ibn Ali, the son of Ali and the grandson of Prophet Muhammad from the Karbala battle. Karbala is a famous destination of pilgrimage in Iraq. Hussain Ibn Ali was killed in Karbala in 680 AD. Till the end, he fought the army of Yazid I and was finally killed in the battle. The 10th day of Muharram, the Day of Ashura, is an occasion to remember the brave sacrifice of Hussain. The Day of Ashura is also important to Muslims because it is reported that on this day Moses and his followers obtained victory over the Egyptian Pharaoh.

How Is Muharram Celebrated?

Muharram is considered to be the period of recalling and mourning the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain by the community of Shia Muslims, which starts mourning from the first night of Muharram and will continue for the next 2 months and 8 days. A greater amount of importance is placed on the first ten days of the festival. The community wears black clothes on the opening day of Muharram and submits prayers. Black color denotes the color of grieving. On the tenth day, Shia Muslims take out processions via streets. They walk barefoot on the roads. They sing and suppurate loudly as an act of mourning for Hussain. The same celebration is observed during the Muharram holiday 2019.

Public Life During Muharram Holiday 2019

The tenth day of Muharram, the last day, is a gazetted holiday in the country. Therefore, post offices, banks and government offices shall remain closed on the day. Islamic businesses and stores may remain closed or have reduced working hours. Large parades, marches and prayer meetings can cause the local disruption to traffic. Muslim-dominated localities may face the traffic issues during the festival.

Where To Spend The Muharram Holiday 2019

Muharram is one of the most significant Islamic festivals. The festival is celebrated in all parts of the country by Muslims and Hindus as well. Karnataka, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh are the three Indian states, which are famous to celebrate the festival. If you planning a trip during the festival, consider visiting these three states to relish the real beauty of the festival.

Muharram Holiday 2018 - Date

Muharram refers to the Islamic New Year celebrations or the first 10 days of the first month according to the Muslim calendar. For the year 2018, the festival shall fall on 21 September.

Year Date Day Holiday States
2018 21 September Friday Muharram National except Goa, Kerala, West Bengal, Punjab, Delhi and other states

News About Muharram Holiday in 2018

  • Muharram holiday in Maharashtra today

    Maharashtra observes Muharram holiday today but the festival is observed tomorrow. The government has allowed the Muslim employees to avail their earned leave or casual leave on Friday, 21 September 2018. Schools, colleges and banks will remain closed today. Friday is a bank holiday and a closed day for educational institutes. BMC-run schools remain closed tomorrow and the Muslim students are permitted to avail a compensatory leave on Friday.

    Amin Patel, Congress MLA, and the representatives of the Jama Masjid Trust met Sitaram Kunte, additional chief secretary of the general administration department and told him that the government holiday is on Thursday but the festival is observed on Friday and the Muslims employees will be inconvenienced. Kunte said, “The pre-disclosed Muharram holiday is on Thursday but the Muslim employees can remain absent by taking either a casual leave or an earned leave.

    Rais Shaikh, Samajwadi Party comparator, entreated the corporation to grant holidays to the Muslim employees. He said, “Municipal commissioner, Ajoy Mehta, told me that the Muslim employees of the corporation are allowed to avail an option leave on Friday.”

    20 September 2018

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