Ashura 2021 in Afghanistan

Ashura 2021 in Afghanistan is considered a public holiday with several ethnic communities actively participating in its observance. This is the tenth day falling in the month of Muharram as per the Islamic Calendar and known to be a day of remembrance and mourning for some Muslims since this day commemorates the Battle of Karbala where the grandson of Prophet Mohammed, Husayn ibn Ali, and his supporters was martyred.

When is Ashura in 2021?


August, 2021


Ashura in Afghanistan

Is Ashura a Public Holiday in Afghanistan?

Ashura is a public holiday for the general population according to Holidays 2021. This means, offices, colleges, schools, universities, and several other academic institutions remain closed on this day.

Ashura Observances in Afghanistan

Ashura or Yawm Ashura falls on the 10 Muharram as per the Islamic Calendar. Sunni Muslims consider this as a non-obligatory day of fasting, whereas Shia Muslims observe Ashura as the day of mourning. Special prayer meets are organized in several religious establishments, and public processions are carried out. For Shia Muslims, carrying out any joyous activity is forbidden. People pray and seek salvation and riddance from their bad deeds.

Ashura Observances

Year Weekday Date Name Holiday Type
2019 Tue 10 September Ashura Public Holiday
2020 Sat 29 August Ashura Public Holiday
2021 Thu 19 August Ashura Public Holiday
2022 Mon 8 August Ashura Public Holiday
2023 Fri 28 July Ashura Public Holiday
2024 Wed 17 July Ashura Public Holiday
2025 Sun 6 July Ashura Public Holiday

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Quick Facts

This year: Thu, 19 August 2021
Next year: Mon, 8 August 2022
Last year: Sat, 29 August 2020
Type: Public Holiday