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||30th Aug / 1st Sept||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
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.