Muslims in Bangladesh to observe Ashura on Oct 12
Staff Correspondent bdnews24.com
Published: 2016-10-02 23:05:38.0 BdST Updated: 2016-10-02 23:05:38.0 BdST
Muslims in Bangladesh, specially the Shia community, will observe the Ashura on Oct 12 as the moon of Islamic month Moharram has been sighted.
The day, observed to mourn Imam Hussein Ibn Ali, the second grandson of Prophet Muhammad who was killed in the Battle of Karbala in 680 AD, will be a public holiday.
The Islamic Foundation in a media statement on Sunday said the National Moon-Sighting Committee announced the date for Ashura after a meeting.
It is mostly Shia Muslims who observe the day in Dhaka and across Bangladesh by taking out Taazia processions and engaging in self-flagellation.
In the traditional processions, devotees lacerate themselves with sharp weapons to demonstrate their grief and echo the sufferings of Imam Hussein.
Muslims in the country will observe Ashura a day after the Durga Puja, the biggest Hindu religious festival.
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