Playing Naqqarah is performed twice every day, a few minutes before sunrise and sunset, except for the days of the months of Muharram and Safar and other mourning days. It is played with a special tune and the last stroke indicates the sunrise or sunset.
Also on birthday nights of the Infallible Imams (A.S.), and religious celebrations like Qurban, Fitr, and Ghadir feasts, at the time of commencement of the New Year, and whenever a miracle from Imam Reza (A.S.) happens, Naqqarah is played.
Playing Naqqarah is a ritual in Astan Quds Razavi that dates back to the middle of the ninth century of Hijrah. When traveling to Mashhad from Herat in 860 A.H., Mirza Aba-al-Qasim Babar- the grandson of Lady Gowharshad- ordered to play Naqqarah in the garden of the holy shrine. Since then on, this custom has being performed during different eras.