UK: Shia Muslims beat chests in Manchester's self-flagellation procession

A procession of Shia Muslims marched down Wilmslow road in Rusholme, south Manchester, on Saturday, slapping their bare chests in a performance of self-flagellation to mark the religious festival of Ashura. Shia Muslims in Manchester joined other devotees across the world in beating themselves, in some cases even drawing blood. Ashura falls on the tenth day of the month of Muharram, which is... Еще the first month of the Islamic calendar. The festival marks the death of Imam Hussein, who died in the Battle of Karbala in the seventh century.

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