Definition of Hosay in English:



  • An annual festival held by the Shiite Muslim community in the West Indies, commemorating the death of Husayn, grandson of Muhammad.

    • ‘Other popular festivals in Trinidad and Tobago are Phagwa (honoring the Hindu god Lord Krishna), Divali (a Hindu celebration with millions of lights honoring Mother Laskami), and Hosay (the Muslim New Year festival).’
    • ‘When the festival of Hosay came round, Tanker would visit the neighbouring district of St James and listen to the tassa drums rolling.’
    • ‘Carnival, Hosay, Divali all came and went, part of the ordinary rhythm of life.’
    • ‘The Muslim festival of Hosay has grown into a four-day festival that includes Trinidadian cultural features such as tassa drumming.’
    • ‘Old Year's Night with black-eyed peas and dasheen or Panorama day with a cassava-based pelau, or worse, newlyweds being showered with blue food and Shi'ite Muslim devotees tossing breadfruit at Hosay tadjahs just doesn't cut it.’


Representing a pronunciation of Husayn.