Festivals are one of the few special occasions in the world when people forget their differences and come together to celebrate their culture, tradition, and community. On these few days, people travel long distances to reunite with their family members and get in touch with the values and beliefs of their unique culture.
Not all festivals are joyous. Some are celebrated to mourn the people and reflect on the incidents in the past. Muharram is one such festival in Islam, which commemorates the death of the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson, Hussein Ibn Ali. It also marks the first month of the Islamic New Year and is considered the second most holy month after Ramzan.
The Muharram festival is celebrated for ten days. The 10th day of Muharram, called Ashura, is an important day for Muslims. For Sunni Muslims - it is a day of celebrating the victory of Moses over Egyptian Pharaoh. For Shia Muslims - it's a day of mourning over the death of Hussein Ibn.
In every corner of India, the Muslim population celebrates the Muharram festival by fasting, participating in a mourning procession, and attending special prayers in Imamabras and shrines. They dress in black clothes, read scriptures and holy books, flagellate, and re-enact the battle of Karbala.
In India, the month of Muharram 2021 will start at sunset on 9th August and end at sunset on 7th September, as per the Georgian calendar. The 10th day of Muharram 2021 is falling on 19th August and is declared as a holiday by the Indian Government.
If you are excited to be part of Muharram 2021 to witness the age-old traditions and call out happy Muharram, then we have a list of places that are famous for the celebration of Muharram festival and which can be easily reached by numerous bus routes at affordable rates. Simply enter your route details into the redBus website or app and view the best buses offered at the lowest prices on your given route.
Uttar Pradesh - Lucknow
Lucknow is home to a high number of Shia Muslims, where Muharram celebration is longest and more unique when compared to any other city in India.
Azadari or mourning in Lucknow is observed for 68 days in remembrance of the events of Karbala. In the first ten days, there will be four prominent processions held on 1st, 7th, 8th, and 9th day which signifies important events in the past.
Madhya Pradesh - Bhopal
Bhopal is another city that is very famous for the processions with a large number of tazias - especially made by Eunuchs and alams on the occasion of Muharram festival.
There are few or no direct bus routes to Lucknow and Bhopal from the southern States. For people traveling from south India, it would be more convenient to book a bus to Mumbai or any other places in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. From there book a bus to the main destinations
Telangana - Ruyyadi, Hyderabad
Hyderabad, with its predominant population being Muslims, is famous for all the Muslim festivals. For brave hearts, self-flagellation of the mourners in the Muharram processions is one of the brutal and sad spectacles to be witnessed.
Ruyyadi is a village in Telangana, which is famous for celebrating Muharram for the past 154 years. Over 2 lakh devotees from various parts of Telangana and Maharashtra visit the processions and participate in prayers.
Ruyyadi can be easily accessed from Hyderabad by the local government bus network.
Kerala - Kozhikode
Kerala has a large number of Muslim population who are locally known as Mappilas. Pulikali or Tiger Dance is the common feature of the Muharram in Kozhikode. Where Muslims put on masks and paint their bodies, to look and act like a tiger, dancing on the streets to the beat of the drums.
There are few or no direct bus routes to Hyderabad and Kozhikode from the northern States. For people traveling from north India, it would be more convenient to book a bus to Mumbai, Bangalore, or any nearby places. From there, book a bus to the main destinations.
No matter which corner you want to visit in India for Muharram 2021, redBus provides you with a wide variety of choices to choose to make your trip more affordable and convenient. The information and options provided on the redBus site, such as the rating of bus operators, duration of travel, amenities available, Boarding & dropping points, help you not only in booking your travel but also planning the complete itinerary of your trip.
When travel becomes this easy, don’t hesitate to participate in Muharram 2021!
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