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 date in Pakistan
This year, the 1st Muharram will fall on 31st of July, and the 9th Muharram in Pakistan will be observed on Sunday, 9th August 2022. The moon’s appearance determines Muharram’s precise date.
As always, dates may vary and are subject to change depending on the lunar movement and sightings.
Muharram 2022 moon sighting
According to the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee, there’s a good chance that the sighting of the new moon may be observed on Saturday evening. The sighting of the Muharram-ul-Haram moon will signify the arrival of the new Islamic year, 1443 AH.
Muharram 2022 public holiday in Pakistan
This year, the 1st Muharram falls on Sunday. In other words, all public sectors and institutions remain closed due to the celebration of Muharram.
How is Muharram observed in Pakistan?
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.