Ashura, Muharram 9th, 10th, 1435 AH, Public holiday Notification Issued by Federal Interior Ministry
Islamabad (Saturday, November 9, 2013) – Government of Pakistan, Federal Interior Ministry has issued notification regarding public/general holiday on the eve of Ashura on Moharram-Haram 9, 10, 1435 A.H.
These holidays will be on November 14, 15, 2013 (Thursday, Friday). All Government offices, departments, ministries, corporations, autonomous, semi-autonomous institutions will be closed.
Government employees of federal government, Punjab Govt. Sindh Govt. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Govt and Baluchistan will observed OFF on these days. Employees who already enjoy Saturday, Sunday (two Weekly Holidays) will enjoy 4 days holidays.
Day of Ashura is on the 10th of Muharram-ul-Haram in the Islamic calendar and marks the climax of the Mourning of Muharram. On this day Hazrat Imam Hussain was martyred along with his followers and familiy member in Koofa, Iraq.
It is commemorated by Muslims as a day of mourning for the martyrdom of Husayn ibn Ali, the grandson of Muhammad at the Battle of Karbala on 10 Muharram in the year 61 AH (October 9,10, 680).