Is Ashura a Public Holiday in Afghanistan?
Ashura is a public holiday for the general population according to Holidays 2023. 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.
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