Telangana declares 20 August general holiday for Muharram

The Telangana government has declared 20 August (Friday) as a general holiday on account of Muharram. It has also declared 19 August (Thursday) as an optional holiday.

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  17 Aug 2021 12:27 PM GMT
Telangana declares 20 August general holiday for Muharram

Hyderabad: The Telangana government has declared 20 August (Friday) as a general holiday on account of Muharram. It has also declared 19 August (Thursday) as an optional holiday.

The chief executive officer of Telangana Wakf Board, Hyderabad, said '9th Muharram' and '10th Muharram' will be celebrated on 19 and 20 August, respectively, instead of 18 and 19 August.

"The government, after careful consideration, decided to declare an optional holiday on 19 August on occasion of 9th Muharram and a general holiday on 20 August on account of 10th Muharram," said state chief secretary Somesh Kumar.

Meanwhile, a rehearsal of the Muharram procession was held in the Old City on 14 August. The HEH Nizam Trust and the local Shia organizations had arranged for Madhuri, a 38-year-old elephant from Kolhapur, to carry the Bibi ka Alam during the main procession on Friday. The elephant reached the city on Friday night and was taken to the Dabeerpura area. It is being kept at the Khilwat ashoorkhana.

The elephant procession passed through Dabeerpura, Yakutpura road, Charminar, Gulzar Houz, and Mandi Mir Alam before culminating at Darulshifa Chaderghat. The elephant is taken for a familiarization trip every year to prepare it for the main procession that is held on the 10th of the Islamic month of Muharram.

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