When is Ashura 2021?

Ashura 2021 started on Wednesday 18th Aug, 2021 (18/08/2021) 36 days ago

Note that with regards to the Muslim calendar, a holiday is commenced on the sunset of the preceding day; thus, Ashura 2021 will be observed on the sunset of Tuesday 17th Aug, 2021.

Ashura always falls on the same day according to the Islamic calendar; for it being a lunar calendar. Nonetheless, the day differs on the Gregorian calendar as it is a solar calendar; causing roughly an eleven day difference each year.

The dates of Ashura are usually determined by either an actual sighting of the moon with the naked eyes, or through astronomical calculations. Note that dates provided here are based on the dates adopted by the Fiqh Council of North America.

What is Ashura?


Achoura means "Tenth" in the Arabic language. That day corresponds to the peak of the memory of the first month of the Islamic year, Muharram. It is the day of mourning. In the eyes of Shia Muslims, this day honors the martyrdom of Husayn ibn Ali, who was the beloved grandson of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). This occurred in the year 61 H (680 AD) during the fierce and ruthless battle of Kerbala.

Achoura is a traditional date that also honors some of the great events of the past, such as the construction of the Kaaba, the birth of Prophet Abraham, and it is also on this date that the ark of Prophet Noah landed.

Dates for Ashura from 2015 to 2024

The next occurrence of Ashura is marked in red

When is ...?WeekdayDateDays away
Ashura 2024TuesdayJul 16th in 1026 days
Ashura 2023FridayJul 28th in 672 days
Ashura 2022MondayAug 8th in 318 days
Ashura 2021WednesdayAug 18th 36 days ago
Ashura 2020SaturdayAug 29th 390 days ago
Ashura 2019MondaySep 9th 745 days ago
Ashura 2018ThursdaySep 20th 1099 days ago
Ashura 2017SaturdaySep 30th 1454 days ago
Ashura 2016TuesdayOct 11th 1808 days ago
Ashura 2015FridayOct 23rd 2162 days ago
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Quick Facts

Start DateAug 18, 2021
When? Ended 36 days ago
Duration1 Day
Type Muslim Holidays

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