Liquor shops will remain shut in some parts of Maharashtra including Mumbai, on account of Ekadashi on November 19. The ban has been enforced in order to respect the sentiments of the Hindu community, for whom the day is of high significance.
Similarly, another dry day is set to be observed in Chennai on 21 November. The day is celebrated by Muslims as Eid Milad-un-Nabi (birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad).
The orders sent out by the Chennai administration restrict liquor shops and bars from selling alcohol.
Dry days are observed at every major festival and birth anniversaries of some of India’s highly regarded leaders.
Devutthana Ekadashi marks the beginning of the Hindu wedding season. According to the scriptures, Lord Vishnu sleeps during the four months of monsoon hence that time period is not considered auspicious for marriage.
While Mawlid al-Nabi al-Sharif is celebrated as Islamic prophet Muhammad’s birth. It falls in Rab’ al-awwal, month three of the Islamic Calendar.