Tasu’a and Ashura,holding great historical religious significance, are solemn days observed by Muslims on the 9th and 10th of Muharram respectively.

Iran (IMNA) - These two days are marked with mourning rituals and passion plays re-enacting the martyrdom of Imam Hussain (PBUH) and his companions ,in particular Abolfazl al- Abbas, in the Battle of Karbala which has remained as the symbol of standing up against oppression and injustice.

During the first ten days of Muharam especially in Tasu’a and Ashura people dressed in black outfits and parade through the streets slapping their chests and lamenting.

Every year, millions of Shiite pilgrims flock to the golden-domed shrine of Imam Hussain to show their faith and devotion; however, with coronavirus numbers spiking across the the world, the gathering has been limited to the local people.

Iranian mourners have also changed the tradition of lamentations in to the pandemic- restricted one to break the chain of infection.

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