Eid-e-Shuja’, also known as Eid-e-Zahra, is a ritual festival. It marks the end of the two-month mourning period (azadari) after the events of the Karbala massacre, which occurred in 680 AD (61 AH).
Eid-e-Zehra is marked on 9th of Rabi Al Awwal.This year, it falls on Fri Dec 09 2016 .
One of the events which is marked on this day is the believed beginning of the Imamate of the 12th Imam, al-Hujjah ibn al-Hasan. It is also narrated in some traditions to be the first time that the 4th Imām smiled and rejoiced after the events of Karbala in which he saw his entire family and friends killed by Ibne Ziyaad, Umar ibne Sa’d, Yazid ibne Mu’awiyah and others. It is said that on the 9th of Rabi’ul Awwal of the year 67 A.H., Mukhtar sent the head of Ubaydallah Ziyad to Imam Zainul Abedeen.
Recommended Acts on the day of Eid-E-Zehra (Eid-E-Zahra) or Eid-E-Shuja:
On the 9th of Rabi al-Awwal, it is highly recommended to:
Perform Ghusl (Ablution).
Wear new clothes.
Hold gatherings to praise Allah (SWT), His Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and the Ahlul Bayt (as).