Please note that Ashura is a significant national public holiday observed throughout Iran, during which all museums, historical, and cultural sites remain closed.
Ashura is a significant observance in Shia Islam, marking the 10th day of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar.
It commemorates the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad, who was killed in the Battle of Karbala in 680 AD.
- Tourist destinations, including museums and historical sites, will be closed on these days.
- Wear suitable attire during Tassoua and Ashura, avoiding shorts or revealing tops. Black clothing is customary, signifying mourning, so visitors should dress in a conservative manner to display solidarity and respect.
- Be prepared for changes in daily life: Normal business hours may be interrupted during Tassoua and Ashura. Expect many shops and services to close, along with restrictions on entertainment and music.
- Public marches and gatherings form the core of the Tassoua and Ashura observances. Visitors can observe street performances, such as Ta’zia, which dramatizes the historical events of Karbala. Though photography is typically permitted, always seek permission before taking pictures to honor the participants’ state of mourning.
- Travel considerations during these holidays are important, especially in cities like Yazd and Isfahan where accommodations can reach capacity quickly. Transportation may be disrupted due to street closures for processions, so it’s advisable to secure bookings well ahead of time.
For the specific date of this event and a full rundown of Iran’s public holidays, visit this link.