KARACHI, Sindh (September 5, 2023) – In an official announcement made by the provincial government on Tuesday, all public and private schools in Karachi and throughout the Sindh province will be closed on Thursday, September 7, in observance of Chehlum of Imam Hussain (RA).
The decision to close educational institutions was taken by a steering committee of the provincial education department, as stated in a notification released to the public.
Chehlum, the commemoration of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA), holds deep religious significance and will be observed on Thursday with fervor and devotion across the province. This observance marks the conclusion of a 40-day period of mourning following the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) and his 72 companions in the historic Battle of Karbala, which occurred on the 10th of Muharram in the year 680AD.
Throughout the province, cities will witness solemn mourning processions featuring Alam (standards symbolizing the tragedy), Tazia (replicas of the shrine of Hazrat Imam Hussain), and Zuljinah (a horse symbolizing the valor of Hazrat Imam Hussain). These processions will be attended by thousands of devotees who come together to pay their respects and offer prayers.
In preparation for these significant gatherings, stringent security measures have been put in place to ensure the safety of Chehlum processions and the participants. Law enforcement agencies have been actively involved in planning and implementing these security arrangements.
Chehlum is a time for reflection, remembrance, and unity within the community. It serves as a reminder of the sacrifices made by Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) and his companions for the principles of justice and righteousness. The closure of schools on this day allows students and families to actively participate in these observances and uphold the rich cultural and religious traditions that are an integral part of Sindh’s heritage.
As Sindh comes together to observe Chehlum, the province remains committed to promoting an environment of peace, tolerance, and unity among its diverse communities, fostering a sense of belonging and understanding among its people.