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Blood soaks through the shirt of a Shi'a worshipper after self-flagellating.  On the 9th day of Muharram, the first month of the Muslim calendar men begin to self-flagellate, a common occurrence during this Shiite ceremony. The Day of Ashura is observed by Shi'a Muslims as a day of mourning for the martyrdom of Hussein ibn Ali, the grandson of the Islamic prophet Muhammad, at the Battle of Karbal. Grand processions, religious sermons, charity work and most notably, self-flagellation, are all traditions of Ashura.