Monthly Archives: November 2013

Ashura

The Day of Ashura is on the tenth day of Muharram in the Islamic calendar and marks the end of the Mourning of Muharram. It is commemorated by Shi’a Muslims as a day of mourning for the martyrdom of Husayn ibn Ali, the grandson of Muhammad at the Battle of Karbala on 10 Muharram in the year 61 AH (680 CE). In some Shi’a regions of Muslim countries such as Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Iraq, Lebanon, Bahrain, and Pakistan, the Commemoration of Husayn ibn Ali has become a national holiday and most ethnic and religious communities participate in it.
The procession took place at 8am on November 14th from Hyde Park down Macquarie Rd to the Botanic Gardens in Sydney’s CBD. Participants included a variety of Shi’a community groups from Afghanistan, Iran, Lebanon, Iraq and Syria just to name a few.
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