Muharram/Ashura marks the beginning of the Islamic year. It is the first month of the Islamic calendar.
Special prayer meetings in the home or mosques and daylight fasting are ways some Muslims honor the holiday. Other Muslims mourn for the month, remembering the Battle of Karbala. It is a gazetted holiday with government, banks, and post offices are closed.
The Battle of Karbala is remembered by the Shia Muslims when in 680 CE Imman Hussain, Prophet Muhammad's grandson, died. It is mainly a Islamic holiday, although other religions take part in the activities in India.
India Major Holidays:
Date of Muharram - Ashura
2015 - Saturday, October 24
2016 - Wednesday, October 12
2017 - Sunday, October 1
2018 - Friday, September 21
2019 - Tuesday, September 10
2020 - Saturday, August 29
Provides calendars for the calendar year for India.