Ashura is a religious festival of Islam, celebrated on the 10th day of the Muslim month of
Muharram. The word ashura means simply tenth in Arabic language.
For Shi Muslims, the Ashura is a day of great mourning, and strong emotions are expressed in the many rituals and
activities connected to this day.
The most important celebration is the flagellation by male Shi'is. Whips, often with sharp ends, or even
small knives are used to make their backs bleed.
It is also celebrated among Sunni Muslims. They fast on Ashura. The day is considered to be the
celebration of different historical incidents for muslims.