03 Nov 2014 23:00
November 4, 2014
Followers of the Lebanese Shia political party Amal commemorate Ashura in the southern Lebanese town of Nabatieh. Despite bans from top Shia religious leaders against self flagellation rituals, participants beat themselves with swords and proudly paraded their bloody heads and shirts.
Ashura commemorates the death and martyrdom of Imam Hussein in the battle of Karbala in 680 AD. Hezbollah, Lebanon's other major Shia political party also held their own separate Ashura commemoration a few days later, but self flagellation rituals were not permitted.