Ashoora in Pakistan in 2021

Ashoora in Pakistan in 2021

  How long until Ashoora?
  Dates of Ashoora in Pakistan
2023 Jul 27, Jul 28
PakistanFri, Jul 28National Holiday
PakistanThu, Jul 27National Holiday
2022 Aug 7, Aug 8
PakistanMon, Aug 8National Holiday
PakistanSun, Aug 7National Holiday
2021 Aug 18, Aug 19
PakistanThu, Aug 19National Holiday
PakistanWed, Aug 18National Holiday
2020 Aug 29, Aug 30
PakistanSun, Aug 30National Holiday
PakistanSat, Aug 29National Holiday
2019 Sep 9, Sep 10
PakistanTue, Sep 10National Holiday
PakistanMon, Sep 9National Holiday

Commemorates the martyrdom of Imam Hussain.9th day of Muharram

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  Ashoora in other countries
Ashoora internationally
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Ashoora in Pakistan

The federal and provincial government in Pakistan announce two public holidays on 9th and 10th Muharram.

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.


Processions take place in all the major cities of Pakistan with the government deploying police to ensure the security of mourners. In some cities, mobile phone services are also suspended as part of security arrangements.

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