Muharram 2020: Maharashtra issues guidelines

This year for the celebrations of Muharram, the government has banned large processions and gatherings in view of the pandemic.

Muharram 2020: Maharashtra issues guidelines

The Maharashtra government has issued guidelines for celebrating Muharram this year. As per the norms, any festivities at this point should be observed keeping the coronavirus guidelines in mind.

This year, the government has banned large processions and gatherings. Muharram, a festival observed by the Muslims brotherhood is observed in order to mourn the death of Hazrat Imam Hussain, in the battle of Karbala, in the seventh century. It marks the first and one of the sacred months of the Islamic calendar.

On Wednesday, August 19 the state government stated that the process of mourning will not be permitted this year, in line with the ban imposed on social and religious programmes by the Centre and the state government in a bid to battle the coronavirus. However, private mourning can be done at home strictly following the rules of social distancing.

Moreover, the removal of Tazia (a replica of the tomb of Imam Hussain) will not be allowed and should be practised at home. It also added that the local administration's nod will be needed for setting up 'Chhabils' (stalls).

However, no more than two people should be present at these stalls. Water should be distributed in closed bottles only. The place should be kept clean and social distancing norms should be observed. No more than four people will be allowed in any event. Activities like blood donation camps, plasma camps, health camps should be implemented on this day and public awareness about hygiene should be created in these activities, as per the government notice.

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