customs of the people of iran during muharram
Shia Muslims mark martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein on Ashura
Shia Muslims around the world are commemorating the martyrdom anniversary of Prophet Muhammad's grandson Imam Hussein (PBUH).
Millions of people, dressed in black, took to the streets and mosques on Sunday, the tenth day of the lunar month of Muharram, to mourn the tragedy on a day known as Ashura.
The annual commemoration is held in different regions of the world and mourning rituals are performed to eulogize the Shias' third Imam.
Ashura marks the day when Imam Hussein, along with 72 of his companions, was martyred in a battle against the second Umayyad caliph in Karbala, Iraq, more than 14 centuries ago.
Imam Hussein is referred as “Lord of Martyrs” by Shia Muslims and is remembered as the symbol of freedom and dignity.