The month of Muharram is the first in the Islamic calendar. It is one of the four sacred months of the year, during which no fighting is permitted. After Ramadan, it is considered the second holiest month. The Day of Ashura falls on the tenth day of Muharram.
Muharram 2022 date in India
This year, it has been officially confirmed that the 1st Muharram fell on the 31st of July 2022, which means the 9th and 10th of Muharram in India has been observed on Monday, 8 August and Tuesday, 9 August 2022.
Muharram 2022 public holiday in India
Based on the moon sighting, Tuesday, 9 August 2022 was celebrated as a gazetted holiday in all Indian states. This means banks, post offices, government offices, and likely Islamic businesses and stores remained closed or had reduced working hours.
Muharram 2022 in India calendar and start date
As mentioned, the Indian government had officially designated 31 July as the start of Muharram. The sighting of the moon signified the arrival of the new Islamic year, 1443 AH.
Furthermore, the designation of the start of Muharram confirmed that the 10th of Muharram was observed on Tuesday, 9 August 2022.
Muharram 2022 celebration
The event is one of great solemnity. People pray and spend much of the day in holy locations. They also meet family and friends and exchange conversation and sweets. However, there is no pomp and show as this is a time of mourning and fasting, with many choosing to fast for multiple days around Muharram.