Thousands of Shiite Muslims gathered in İstanbul’s Halkalı district on Saturday to mark the day of Ashura and mourn the martyrdom of 72 people, including Husain, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, at the Battle of Karbala 1,369 years ago.
Ashura is a religious observance marked every year by Muslims. The word ‘ashura’ literally means “10th,” as it is the 10th day of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic year. Ashura is an ancient observance that is now recognized for different reasons and in different ways among Sunni and Shiite Muslims.
Photos by Pınar CİCİ, text from Zaman Newspaper