Weeping Lucknow – Muharram

(Understanding the 68 days of mourning in Lucknow)

Muharram is the first month of the Islamic calendar and the most important month for Muslims after Ramzan (Ramadan). Instead of joyous celebration, Shia Muslims mark the beginning of the New Year with sorrow by participating in mournful gatherings – mourning the martyrdom of Imam Hussain, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad, at the Battle of Karbala.

Other than Iran, India has the largest Shia population in the world, while Lucknow hosts the most in India, thus the observance of Muharram in Lucknow is the longest, most unique and beyond compare.

We take you on a curated tour of Lucknow’s Muhharam, where one experiences, how the city has maintained the legacy of this mourning custom from the Nawabi era till date and that too unchanged. Hindus too take part in these rituals with great reverence and devotion, making Muharram a unique feature in the socio-cultural fabric of Lucknow, presenting an unparalleled example of Hindu-Muslim unity in the city.

Muharram Event Calendar

Highlight Day & Event 2018 2019 2020
1st Shahi Zari ka Juloos 10th /11th Sept 29th/30th Aug 18th /19th Aug
From 2nd till 5th day there are no specific public programmes, except for daily congressions. This period is not recommended for inclusion as it may not be as visually exciting. 
6th Aag ka Matam 16th /17st Sept 5th /6th Sept 24th /25th Aug
7th Janbe Qasim ka Mehndi ka Jullos 17th /18st Sept 6th /7th Sept 25th /26th Aug
8th Alam-e-Fateh-e-Furat 18th /19st Sept 7th /8th Sept 26th /27th Aug
9th Alam-e-Yadgar-e-Hussaini 19th /20st Sept 8th /9th Sept 27th /28th Aug
10th Jullos-e-Ashura 20th /21st Sept 9th /10th Sept 28th /29th Aug
From 11th till 49th day there are no specific public programmes, except for daily congressions. This period is not recommended for inclusion as it may not be as visually exciting. 
50th Chehlum 30th /31st Oct 19th /20th Oct 7th /8th Oct
From 51st till 67th day there are no specific public programmes, except for daily congressions. This period is not recommended for inclusion as it may not be as visually exciting.
68th Chup Taziya 17th /18th Nov 6th /7th Nov 25th /26th Oct

 

Tour Highlight : Orientation lecture by a Shia Theologist, Watch a documentary on Muharram, Attend Interpreted Religious Congression(s), Witness the above mentioned event(s), Partake Muharram special meal

TARIFF

Per Guest / Per Day : INR 10,000 (Min 2 Guests)

(Includes: An Exclusive Innova Car, English speaking specialist guide, priority & privileged access to events & rituals as  mentioned in above ‘Highlights’)

The above cost is based on per day of above Muhorram Event Calendar. Either one day may be chosen or a few days at a stretch may be picked up to form cluster of days.

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