Tasoua Hosseini in Iran in 2022

Tasoua Hosseini in Iran in 2022
Tasu'a mourning at Imam Reza Shrine. Image by Ramin Saffari , via Mehr News Agency

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  Dates of Tasoua Hosseini in Iran
2023 Iran Sun, Aug 27 National Holiday
2022 Iran Tue, Aug 9 National Holiday
2021 Iran Wed, Aug 18 National Holiday
2020 Iran Fri, Aug 28 National Holiday
2019 Iran Sun, Sep 8 National Holiday

Commemoration of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Mohammed

When is Tasoua?

Tasoua, also spelt as Tasua or Tasu’a is the ninth day of Muharram, the first month in the Islamic calendar, which is the eve of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the third Shia Imam.

Traditions of Tasoua

This day is followed by Ashura, on which Imam Hussein and 72 of his loyal companions were martyred the Battle of Karbala in Iraq, over 1,300 years ago. 

Large mourning ceremonies are held at the Holy Shrine of Imam Reza in Mashhad and in the Grand Bazaar of Tehran. 

Tosoua is also the date of the traditional and religious ritual of 40 Minbar, when women cover their faces and repeat zikrs (prayers) for God and light candles in memory of the martyrs of Karbala.

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