Ashura in India in 2022

Ashura in India in 2022
Asure (Noah Pudding) is a traditional dessert to serve on the 10th day of Muharram. Image by esindeniz , via 123RF

  How long until Ashura?
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  Dates of Ashura in India
2023 Jul 28
Andhra PradeshFri, Jul 28Regional Holiday
BiharFri, Jul 28Regional Holiday
ChhattisgarhFri, Jul 28Regional Holiday
DelhiFri, Jul 28Regional Holiday
GujaratFri, Jul 28Regional Holiday
Himachal PradeshFri, Jul 28Regional Holiday
Jammu and KashmirFri, Jul 28Regional Holiday
JharkhandFri, Jul 28Regional Holiday
KarnatakaFri, Jul 28Regional Holiday
KeralaFri, Jul 28Regional Holiday
Madhya PradeshFri, Jul 28Regional Holiday
MaharashtraFri, Jul 28Regional Holiday
MizoramFri, Jul 28Regional Holiday
OdishaFri, Jul 28Regional Holiday
RajasthanFri, Jul 28Regional Holiday
Tamil NaduFri, Jul 28Regional Holiday
TelanganaFri, Jul 28Regional Holiday
TripuraFri, Jul 28Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshFri, Jul 28Regional Holiday
UttarakhandFri, Jul 28Regional Holiday
West BengalFri, Jul 28Regional Holiday
2022 Aug 8, Aug 9
BiharTue, Aug 9Regional Holiday
ChhattisgarhTue, Aug 9Regional Holiday
DelhiTue, Aug 9Regional Holiday
GujaratTue, Aug 9Regional Holiday
Jammu and KashmirTue, Aug 9Regional Holiday
JharkhandTue, Aug 9Regional Holiday
KarnatakaTue, Aug 9Regional Holiday
Madhya PradeshTue, Aug 9Regional Holiday
MaharashtraTue, Aug 9Regional Holiday
MaharashtraTue, Aug 9Regional Holiday
OdishaTue, Aug 9Regional Holiday
RajasthanTue, Aug 9Regional Holiday
Tamil NaduTue, Aug 9Regional Holiday
TelanganaTue, Aug 9Regional Holiday
TripuraTue, Aug 9Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshTue, Aug 9Regional Holiday
UttarakhandTue, Aug 9Regional Holiday
West BengalTue, Aug 9Regional Holiday
KeralaMon, Aug 8Regional Holiday
2021 Aug 19, Aug 20
Andhra PradeshFri, Aug 20Regional Holiday
ChhattisgarhFri, Aug 20Regional Holiday
DelhiFri, Aug 20Regional Holiday
Himachal PradeshFri, Aug 20Regional Holiday
KarnatakaFri, Aug 20Regional Holiday
OdishaFri, Aug 20Regional Holiday
Tamil NaduFri, Aug 20Regional Holiday
TelanganaFri, Aug 20Regional Holiday
BiharThu, Aug 19Regional Holiday
ChandigarhThu, Aug 19Regional Holiday
GujaratThu, 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
TripuraThu, Aug 19Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshThu, Aug 19Regional Holiday
UttarakhandThu, Aug 19Regional Holiday
West BengalThu, Aug 19Regional Holiday
2020 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
2019 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
  Summary

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

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  Which regions observe Ashura in 2022?
  BiharAug 9Regional Holiday
  ChhattisgarhAug 9Regional Holiday
  DelhiAug 9Regional Holiday
  GujaratAug 9Regional Holiday
  Jammu and KashmirAug 9Regional Holiday
  JharkhandAug 9Regional Holiday
  KarnatakaAug 9Regional Holiday
  KeralaAug 8Regional Holiday
  Madhya PradeshAug 9Regional Holiday
  MaharashtraAug 9Regional Holiday
  OdishaAug 9Regional Holiday
  RajasthanAug 9Regional Holiday
  Tamil NaduAug 9Regional Holiday
  TelanganaAug 9Regional Holiday
  TripuraAug 9Regional Holiday
  Uttar PradeshAug 9Regional Holiday
  UttarakhandAug 9Regional Holiday
  West BengalAug 9Regional 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 traditionally the day when the prophet Musa (Moses) freed the Israelites from Egyptian slavery and a day associated with Jesus’ ascension to heaven. It is believed that God saved the prophet Nuh (Noah) and his companions from the genesis flood on this day.

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.

The Oldest Dessert In The World

Asure or Noah’s pudding is a dessert of Turkish origin composed of cereals and dried fruits. It is a tradition served on the day of Ashura.

The Turkish legends say that this dish was made by prophet Noah himself when the ark landed on the mountains of Ararat in the Armenian highlands on the 10th day of Muharram. As the ark was stuck in the Biblical flood for days, the food supplies were getting scarce. To prevent people from starving, Noah made a mixed porridge with all the leftover ingredients in the ark and fed his people.

As mentioned, many people fast during the day of Ashura, so it makes sense to have such a flavorful and nutritious packed dish to break the fast.

Asure is prepared in large pots and distributed amongst neighbours. According to Islamic scholars, 40 houses in each direction is comprises of a neighbuorhood. 

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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