Foreign tourists in Yazd’s Muharram ceremony

Imam Hussein’s small army supported by friends and family and children was surrounded by a heavily-armed enemy army of thousands of Yazid I, the Umayyad caliph.Muslims honour the sacrifice of their lives by engaging in mourning rituals. Some perform public rituals that include chest-beating, self-flagellation with chains and forehead cutting and some gather at mosques and cry over Hussein’s death.