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A Shi'a Muslim touches one of the dozens of banners and flags honouring Muharram and martyrdom of Hussein ibn Ali. The Day of Ashura, which takes place on the 10th day of the Muslim Calendar, is practiced by Shi'a Muslims as a day of mourning for the martyrdom of Husayn ibn Ali, the grandson of the Islamic prophet Muhammad at the Battle of Karbal.  Ornate processions, religious sermons, charity work and most notably, self-flagellation, are all traditions of Ashura.