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Bahraini Shia Muslims mourn to mark Day of Ashura

Ceremony commemorates martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Mohammed (PBUH)

Bahraini Shia Muslims mourn to mark Day of Ashura
Shi'ites mark Ashura with self-flagellation, to commemorate the killing of the grandson of the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) (AFP/Getty Images)
Bahraini Shia Muslims mourn to mark Day of Ashura
Bahraini Shiite Muslim boys take part in Ashura rituals in the village of Jidhafs, west of Manama (AFP/Getty Images)
Bahraini Shia Muslims mourn to mark Day of Ashura
Ashura is a Shia day of mourning for the grandson of the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) (AFP/Getty Images)
Bahraini Shia Muslims mourn to mark Day of Ashura
A young Bahraini Shia Muslim girl attends rituals for Ashura (AFP/Getty Images)
Bahraini Shia Muslims mourn to mark Day of Ashura
The Day of Ashura commemorates the killing of Imam Hussein by armies of the caliph Yazid in 680 AD (AFP/Getty Images)
Bahraini Shia Muslims mourn to mark Day of Ashura
A Bahraini Shiite Muslim man holds his daughter during the commemoration ceremonies (AFP/Getty Images)
Bahraini Shia Muslims mourn to mark Day of Ashura
In some countries the day is marked as a national holiday (AFP/Getty Images)
Bahraini Shia Muslims mourn to mark Day of Ashura
A young Bahraini Shia Muslim boy holds a paper saying 'Ya Hussein' (AFP/Getty Images)
Bahraini Shia Muslims mourn to mark Day of Ashura
Bahraini Shia Muslims distribute free food (AFP/Getty Images)