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Chup Tazia (Urdu: چپ تعزیہ) is the name in India and Pakistan given to an annual religious procession held by Twelver Shia Muslims to commemorate the death of Imam Hasan al-Askari.
The processions are held on the 8th of Rabi' al-awwal, according to the Islamic calendar. The procession is usually regarded as the last procession of the mourning period that begins in the Islamic month of Muharram.
The procession under the name of 'Chup Tazia' is believed to have originated in the Indian city of Lucknow before spreading to other parts of South Asia.
In this procession the mourners usually carry agarbatti (incense stick) and walk silently accompanying the zaree (coffin).
In Hyderabad (India) the procession starts from Dabeerpura Flyover and reaches Alawa-e-Sartouq Mubarak at Darushafa which is a Shia Majority area in hyderabad just before evening prayers (maghrib prayers). At this place a short majlis is arranged and after this majlis the black flags which symbolises sorrow is removed and red flags are hoisted which symbolises the Joy. This changing of flags takes place as since the next day the ninth of Rabi al awwal is festival day (Eid e Zehra s.w.a). Moreover it is the belief of Shia Islam that we have to be happy when Ahlebait a.s (family of Prophet Mohammad a.s. specifically the Panjetane paak a.s) is happy and we have to be sad when they are.
The literal meaning of Chup Tazia is as follows : Chup means Silence, Tazia means procession in which Coffin (tazia) is carried. Chup Tazia can be defined as a procession carrying coffin in which everybody is silent.
Edited by behayaat, 01 February 2012 - 09:45 AM.