The commencement of the Islamic New Year is observed on the first day of Muharram, a holy month for all Muslims. On the tenth day of Muharram, The Shia Muslims commemorate Ashura or the day when Yazid I, the second Umayyad caliph, assassinated Imam Hussain and his infant son in the Battle of Karbala fourteen centuries ago.
Ashura is a significant holiday in many Muslim nations, and the Mourning of Muharram is a set of rituals mostly performed by Shia Muslims, including the ones in Bangladesh.
Ashura 2024 date in Bangladesh
Ashura 2024 in Bangladesh will be celebrated on Wednesday, July 17th. The date of Ashura on the Gregorian calendar can vary each year, and it generally moves approximately 11 days earlier annually.
Please keep in mind that the exact date may be subject to the sighting of the moon and may vary slightly based on local moon sightings or official announcements in Bangladesh.
Ashura 2024 public holiday in Bangladesh
Ashura is observed as a public holiday for the general population in Bangladesh. This means that on Ashura, offices, colleges, schools, universities, and several other academic institutions in Bangladesh remain closed. It is a day of significance and observance for people across the country.
How is Ashura celebrated in Bangladesh?
Ashura is widely recognized as a significant holiday in many Muslim nations, and it holds particular importance for Shia Muslims who observe the Mourning of Muharram. In Bangladesh, Ashura is solemnly observed, and Shia Muslims commemorate the day through various rituals, including processions, mourning practices, and self-flagellation, as a way to express their grief for the martyrdom of Imam Hussain.
Within Shia communities in Bangladesh, Ashura is marked by processions that occur in cities and towns across the country. These processions involve mourners dressed in black, carrying banners, and reciting elegies and prayers to mourn the tragic death of Imam Hussain. Some Shia Muslims also partake in self-flagellation, a practice involving the striking of oneself with chains or blades, as a symbolic demonstration of their grief.
In addition to the processions, Shia Muslims in Bangladesh hold Majlis, religious gatherings where the life and martyrdom of Imam Hussain are recounted through speeches and poetry. These Majlis are often conducted in mosques or community centers and may conclude with communal meals where people come together to share food and foster a sense of unity and solidarity.