Ashura around the world in 2021

Ashura around the world in 2021

  How long until Ashura?
  Dates of Ashura around the world
2022 Various Aug 7, Aug 8, Aug 11
AfghanistanMon, Aug 8National Holiday
AlgeriaSun, Aug 7National Holiday
Bahrain Aug 7, Aug 8
BahrainMon, Aug 8National Holiday
BahrainSun, Aug 7National Holiday
BangladeshMon, Aug 8National Holiday
GambiaMon, Aug 8National Holiday
India Aug 11
BiharThu, Aug 11Regional Holiday
ChhattisgarhThu, Aug 11Regional Holiday
DelhiThu, Aug 11Regional Holiday
GujaratThu, Aug 11Regional Holiday
Jammu and KashmirThu, Aug 11Regional Holiday
JharkhandThu, Aug 11Regional Holiday
KarnatakaThu, Aug 11Regional Holiday
KeralaThu, Aug 11Regional Holiday
Madhya PradeshThu, Aug 11Regional Holiday
MaharashtraThu, Aug 11Regional Holiday
MaharashtraThu, Aug 11Regional Holiday
OdishaThu, Aug 11Regional Holiday
RajasthanThu, Aug 11Regional Holiday
Tamil NaduThu, Aug 11Regional Holiday
TelanganaThu, Aug 11Regional Holiday
TripuraThu, Aug 11Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshThu, Aug 11Regional Holiday
UttarakhandThu, Aug 11Regional Holiday
West BengalThu, Aug 11Regional Holiday
IranMon, Aug 8National Holiday
IraqMon, Aug 8National Holiday
LebanonMon, Aug 8National Holiday
Pakistan Aug 7, Aug 8
PakistanMon, Aug 8National Holiday
PakistanSun, Aug 7National Holiday
SenegalMon, Aug 8National Holiday
SomaliaMon, Aug 8National Holiday
2021 Various Aug 18, Aug 19, Aug 20
AfghanistanWed, Aug 18National Holiday
AlgeriaThu, Aug 19National Holiday
Bahrain Aug 18, Aug 19
BahrainThu, Aug 19National Holiday
BahrainWed, Aug 18National Holiday
BangladeshThu, Aug 19National Holiday
GambiaThu, Aug 19National Holiday
India Aug 19, Aug 20
KarnatakaFri, Aug 20Regional Holiday
OdishaFri, Aug 20Regional Holiday
Tamil NaduFri, Aug 20Regional Holiday
Andhra PradeshThu, Aug 19Regional Holiday
BiharThu, Aug 19Regional Holiday
ChandigarhThu, Aug 19Regional Holiday
ChhattisgarhThu, Aug 19Regional Holiday
DelhiThu, Aug 19Regional Holiday
GujaratThu, Aug 19Regional Holiday
Himachal PradeshThu, Aug 19Regional Holiday
Jammu and KashmirThu, Aug 19Regional Holiday
JharkhandThu, Aug 19Regional Holiday
Madhya PradeshThu, Aug 19Regional Holiday
MaharashtraThu, Aug 19Regional Holiday
MizoramThu, Aug 19Regional Holiday
RajasthanThu, Aug 19Regional Holiday
TelanganaThu, Aug 19Regional Holiday
TripuraThu, Aug 19Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshThu, Aug 19Regional Holiday
UttarakhandThu, Aug 19Regional Holiday
West BengalThu, Aug 19Regional Holiday
IranThu, Aug 19National Holiday
IraqWed, Aug 18National Holiday
LebanonThu, Aug 19National Holiday
Pakistan Aug 18, Aug 19
PakistanThu, Aug 19National Holiday
PakistanWed, Aug 18National Holiday
SenegalThu, Aug 19National Holiday
SomaliaThu, Aug 19National Holiday
2020 Various Aug 28, Aug 29, Aug 30
AfghanistanSat, Aug 29National Holiday
AlgeriaSat, Aug 29National Holiday
Bahrain Aug 28, Aug 29
BahrainSat, Aug 29National Holiday
BahrainFri, Aug 28National Holiday
BangladeshSat, Aug 29National Holiday
GambiaSat, Aug 29National Holiday
India Aug 29, Aug 30
Andhra PradeshSun, Aug 30Regional Holiday
ChandigarhSun, Aug 30Regional Holiday
ChhattisgarhSun, Aug 30Regional Holiday
DelhiSun, Aug 30Regional Holiday
GujaratSun, Aug 30Regional Holiday
Himachal PradeshSun, Aug 30Regional Holiday
JharkhandSun, Aug 30Regional Holiday
KarnatakaSun, Aug 30Regional Holiday
Madhya PradeshSun, Aug 30Regional Holiday
MaharashtraSun, Aug 30Regional Holiday
MizoramSun, Aug 30Regional Holiday
OdishaSun, Aug 30Regional Holiday
Tamil NaduSun, Aug 30Regional Holiday
TelanganaSun, Aug 30Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshSun, Aug 30Regional Holiday
UttarakhandSun, Aug 30Regional Holiday
West BengalSun, Aug 30Regional Holiday
BiharSat, Aug 29Regional Holiday
Jammu and KashmirSat, Aug 29Regional Holiday
KeralaSat, Aug 29Regional Holiday
RajasthanSat, Aug 29Regional Holiday
TripuraSat, Aug 29Regional Holiday
IranSat, Aug 29National Holiday
IraqSat, Aug 29National Holiday
LebanonSat, Aug 29National Holiday
Pakistan Aug 29, Aug 30
PakistanSun, Aug 30National Holiday
PakistanSat, Aug 29National Holiday
SenegalSat, Aug 29National Holiday
SomaliaSat, Aug 29National Holiday
2019 Various Sep 9, Sep 10, Sep 11
AfghanistanTue, Sep 10National Holiday
AlgeriaTue, Sep 10National Holiday
Bahrain Sep 9, Sep 10
BahrainTue, Sep 10National Holiday
BahrainMon, Sep 9National Holiday
BangladeshTue, Sep 10National Holiday
GambiaMon, Sep 9National Holiday
India Sep 9, Sep 10, Sep 11
GujaratWed, Sep 11Regional Holiday
PuducherryWed, Sep 11Regional Holiday
Tamil NaduWed, Sep 11Regional Holiday
Andhra PradeshTue, Sep 10Regional Holiday
BiharTue, Sep 10Regional Holiday
ChhattisgarhTue, Sep 10Regional Holiday
DelhiTue, Sep 10Regional Holiday
Himachal PradeshTue, Sep 10Regional Holiday
Jammu and KashmirTue, Sep 10Regional Holiday
JharkhandTue, Sep 10Regional Holiday
KarnatakaTue, Sep 10Regional Holiday
Madhya PradeshTue, Sep 10Regional Holiday
MaharashtraTue, Sep 10Regional Holiday
MizoramTue, Sep 10Regional Holiday
RajasthanTue, Sep 10Regional Holiday
TelanganaTue, Sep 10Regional Holiday
TripuraTue, Sep 10Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshTue, Sep 10Regional Holiday
UttarakhandTue, Sep 10Regional Holiday
West BengalTue, Sep 10Regional Holiday
KeralaMon, Sep 9Regional Holiday
OdishaMon, Sep 9Regional Holiday
IranMon, Sep 9National Holiday
IraqTue, Sep 10National Holiday
LebanonTue, Sep 10National Holiday
Pakistan Sep 9, Sep 10
PakistanTue, Sep 10National Holiday
PakistanMon, Sep 9National Holiday
SenegalMon, Sep 9National Holiday
SomaliaTue, Sep 10National Holiday
2018 Various Sep 19, Sep 20, Sep 21
AfghanistanThu, Sep 20National Holiday
AlgeriaThu, Sep 20National Holiday
Bahrain Sep 19, Sep 20
BahrainThu, Sep 20National Holiday
BahrainWed, Sep 19National Holiday
BangladeshFri, Sep 21National Holiday
GambiaThu, Sep 20National Holiday
India Sep 20, Sep 21
ChhattisgarhFri, Sep 21Regional Holiday
DelhiFri, Sep 21Regional Holiday
GujaratFri, Sep 21Regional Holiday
Himachal PradeshFri, Sep 21Regional Holiday
Jammu and KashmirFri, Sep 21Regional Holiday
JharkhandFri, Sep 21Regional Holiday
KarnatakaFri, Sep 21Regional Holiday
Madhya PradeshFri, Sep 21Regional Holiday
OdishaFri, Sep 21Regional Holiday
RajasthanFri, Sep 21Regional Holiday
Tamil NaduFri, Sep 21Regional Holiday
TelanganaFri, Sep 21Regional Holiday
TripuraFri, Sep 21Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshFri, Sep 21Regional Holiday
UttarakhandFri, Sep 21Regional Holiday
West BengalFri, Sep 21Regional Holiday
BiharThu, Sep 20Regional Holiday
KeralaThu, Sep 20Regional Holiday
MaharashtraThu, Sep 20Regional Holiday
IranThu, Sep 20National Holiday
IraqThu, Sep 20National Holiday
LebanonThu, Sep 20National Holiday
Pakistan Sep 20, Sep 21
PakistanFri, Sep 21National Holiday
PakistanThu, Sep 20National Holiday
SenegalThu, Sep 20National Holiday
SomaliaThu, Sep 20National Holiday

Ashura is the 10th day of Muharram in the Islamic calendar and marks the climax of the Mourning of Muharram

  Which countries observe Ashura in 2021?
  AfghanistanAug 18National Holiday
  AlgeriaAug 19National Holiday
  BahrainAug 18, Aug 19National Holiday
  BangladeshAug 19National Holiday
  GambiaAug 19National Holiday
  IndiaAug 19, Aug 20Regional Holiday
  IranAug 19National Holiday
  IraqAug 18National Holiday
  LebanonAug 19National Holiday
  PakistanAug 18, Aug 19National Holiday
  SenegalAug 19National Holiday
  SomaliaAug 19National Holiday
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When is Ashura?

The Day of Ashura is the 10th day of Muharram in the Islamic calendar. It marks the Remembrance of Muharram but not the Islamic month.

Traditions of Ashura

A'ashura was an ancient Judaic feast day of celebration and atonement.

It is better known these days for mourning the martyrdom of Hussain ibn Ali, the grandson of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) at the Battle of Karbala in the year 61 AH (AD 680).

Sunni Muslims believe that Moses fasted on this day to demonstrate his gratitude to God for the deliverance of the Israelites from Egypt. According to Sunni traditions, the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) fasted on this day and encouraged others to fast.

While the word ashura means 'tenth' in Arabic and literally translated, means "the tenth day"; Islamic scholars differ on the reason for the naming.

Commemoration of Ashura is not a celebration but a respectful and mournful occasion for both Shi'a and Sunni Muslims - and for Shi'as, it is a particularly intense period of grief and mourning.

Mourners, of both sexes, traditionally congregate at a Mosque for sorrowful, poetic lamentations performed in memory of the martyrdom, grieving to the tune of beating drums and chants of "Ya Hussain." Also, scholars will give sermons on the themes of Hussein's personality and position in Islam, and the history of his uprising.

In Arab countries such as Lebanon and Iraq, the sheikh of the mosque will retell the story of the Battle of Karbala so that the audience is reminded of the anguish and sorrow that was endured by Hussain and his family. In some regions, passion plays may also be performed that reenact the battle.

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