Shiite Muslims Mark Tasua (+Photos)

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Millions of Shiite Muslims in Iran, Iraq and other countries in the region commemorated Tasua, the ninth day of the lunar month of Muharram, which comes a day before Ashura, the day when Imam Hossein, the third Shiite Imam, was martyred.

Shiite Muslims Mark Tasua (+Photos)

During the first ten days of Muharram, Shiite Muslims around the world commemorate the martyrdom anniversary of Prophet Muhammad‘s grandson Imam Hossein.

Today,the ninth day of Muharram (Tasua), millions of people, dressed in black, took to the streets and mosques, to mourn the tragedy.

The annual commemoration is held in different regions of the world in various mourning rituals.

Tasua comes a day before Ashura, which marks the day when Imam Hossein, along with 72 of his companions, was martyred in the battle against the second Umayyad caliph in the Iraqi region of Karbala, some 14 centuries ago.

For Shiite Muslims, Ashura symbolizes the eternal struggle of truth against injustice.

On Tasua and Ashura, Shiite Muslims in Iran, Iraq and other countries hold special ceremonies in line with their local traditions to mourn the death of Imam Hossein.

Iranian people across the country traditionally cook food for charity (called Nazri) and distribute the food among their neighbors, family and poor people. Free food is also offered to people who are participating in the mourning ceremonies.

People also gather to watch Tazieh, or the Persian passion play, which is a ritual dramatic art that recounts the tragic event.

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