In pictures: How Delhi's Muslims observe Ashoura

Ashoura is observed on the tenth day of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar, by all Muslims.

Shiite Muslims in India and elsewhere commemorate the day of Ashoura with fasting and self-flagellation. Chains and swords are used to self-inflict wounds in an expression of grief - an acknowledgement of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, who died holding his infant son.

The death of Imam Hussein is considered as a symbol of humanity's struggle against injustice, tyranny and oppression.

In Delhi, Shiite Muslims proceed from Kashmere gate to Panja Sharif the oldest Karbala in the city of Delhi chanting "Ya Hussein".

Sunni Muslims commemorate the day through fasting as Prophet Muhammad used to fast on Ashoura in Mecca.

The day is also known to mark the day that Moses parted the Red Sea, allowing the people of Israel to escape the wrath of Egypt. Other commemorations associated with Ashoura include Noah leaving the Ark and Muhammad's arrival in Medina.

 
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