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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 Pakistan. Read further to know more about the celebration of Ashura in Pakistan.

Ashura 2022 date in Pakistan

According to the latest report from Dr Javed Iqbal, Karachi University’s Head of the Institute of Space Science and Technology, the 10th Muharram or Ashura will fall on August 8th this year.

Ashura 2022 public holiday in Pakistan

The Cabinet of Division Pakistan announced that the 7th and 8th of August is the public holiday of Ashura in 2022.

How is the Ashura celebrated in Pakistan?

Ashura is a significant holiday in many Muslim nations, and the Mourning of Muharram is a set of rituals mostly performed by Shia Muslims, who make up about 15%-20% of the population in Pakistan.

Oil-lamp lighting ritual. © Global Voices

Shia Muslims in Pakistan primarily lament during this time as they remember Imam Hussein and his family’s passing by withholding participation in festive occasions. To observe this event, they would do a ritual such as oil-lamp lighting and praying. Black clothing is required for the rituals, which also involve abstinence, fasting, skin-cutting with knives and other sharp instruments, and solemn processions.

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