Rajasthan has many festivals to celebrate and same zeal and enthusiasm is shown by different religion in celebrating each festival. Festivals are one of the important reason, not only in rajasthan but also in whole India, that propagate harmony and peace between people of different religion.
Muharram is a very important and major festival of Rajasthan and India. Rajasthan’s Muslim community celebrates Muharram with great efforts and happiness. Whole Rajasthan looks very different during the Muharram festival.
Muharram is one of the major festivals of Muslims. Shia section of the muslim community is the main section which take part in this festival. Muslim community celebrated Muharram to pay respect to the grandson of Prphet Mohammad, Hazrat Imam Hussain. Muharram is celebrated in remembrance of martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain.
According to the Muslim, Muharram is also the first month of the Islamic New Year out of four sacred months mentioned in ‘Quran’ by god. Shia section of Muslim community mourns from the first night of Muharram. Muharram continues for two months and eight days. But last days are the most imporatnt ones since these were the days when Yazid I attacked Hussain , his family and his followers. It famously known as Battle of Karbala. Hussain fought bravely but Yazid forces were more in strength. Ultimately, Hussain got killed and his brave fight is still remembered in the form of celebration called Muharram.
In Rajasthan, there are numerous procession on the tenth day of Muharram which is known as ‘Ashurah’. These procession comes out from many parts of Rajasthan with many devotees. The processions are accompanied by banners , models and replicas of Hussain and his tomb. Speciality of these replicas are their decoration which is done with mica and gold. Some people in the procession extort their own body to relect grief. Inflicting of own body with metal chains is also a part of the festival. During the processons people also enchanted ‘Ya Hussain’. A white horse is also a part of this procession which signifes the Dul Dul, Hussain’s empty horse after the battle.
During the Muharram festival in Rajasthan, there are numerous juice stalls get opens by the Shia community that distributes free juices to everyone. This happens for first ten days of Muharram. The date and time for the Muharram is not fixed and it changes year to year.
Muharrram Festival will be from 4th November in 2014.