In this article, we will tell our readers about the upcoming holidays on 9th and 10th September in Pakistan. Ashura is a public holiday not just in Pakistan but in many countries with large Muslim populations like Afghanistan and India.
The 9th and 10th Muharram will fall on 9th and 10th September 2019, i.e. Monday and Tuesday. So there will be a long weekend for everyone in Pakistan.
Basically, the term Ashura is derived from the Arabic word for “tenth,” and it falls on Muharram’s 10th day. It is the day that Muslims honor the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain (R.A) and his companions at Karbala.
Two public holidays will be given on 9th and 10th Muharram by the federal and provincial government. In all major cities of Pakistan, processions are taken out. Police forces are deployed to ensure the security of the people.
Also, due to security reasons, mobile phone service is suspended in all major cities.
It is pertinent to mention here that earlier, the Sindh government announced a ban on pillion riding on the 9th and 10th of Muharram throughout the province in line with the security arrangements planned for Ashura.