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Muharram 2019: Pictures of procession from around the country

Muharram is the first month of the Islamic calendar and marks the martyrdom of Imam Hussain, grandson of Prophet Mohammed at the Battle of Karbala in Iraq. See photos here.

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On the 10th day of the Muslim calendar month of Muharram (which is on September 10 this year), millions of Muslims across the world commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Hussain, the grandson of Prophet Mohammad, in the Battle of Karbala. (Express photo: Amit Chakravarty)

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Muharram is a holy and sacred month for Muslims and the 10th day, called Ashura, holds special importance. (Express photo: Amit Chakravarty)

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Shias mourn on this day to commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Hussain, who was killed in the Battle of Karbala. (Express photo: Shashi Ghosh)

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Muslims wear black on this day. (Express photo: Shashi Ghosh)

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People mourn by putting on black clothes, observing abstinence, fasting and then they break their fast on the day of Ashura, the 10th day. (Express photo: Shashi Ghosh)

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The date of Muharram keeps shifting every year as the Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar that follows phases of the moon. This year, it was observed on September 10. (Express photo: Shashi Ghosh)

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Believers hold sad processions, and chant “Ya Hussain”, “Ya Ali” while wailing loudly. (Express photo: Shashi Ghosh)