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Hezbollah members beat themselves during the Ashura ceremony held in Beirut's suburbs December 27, 2009
Hezbollah members beat themselves during the Ashura ceremony held in Beirut's suburbs December 27, 2009

The Lebanese Muslim Shiites celebrated today The Day of Ashura, which is the 10th day of Muharram in the Islamic calendar which marks the climax of the remembrance of Muharram.

It is commemorated by Shiite Muslims as a day of mourning for the martyrdom of Hussein ibn Ali, the grandson of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad at the Battle of Karbala ( 80 KM south of Baghdad , Iraq) on 10 Muharram in the Hijra ( Islamic) year 61 (October 10, 680 AD.

Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah told tens of thousands of supporters who gathered in Beirut’s southern suburbs to commemorate Ashura. “We have entered a new phase in Lebanon: Reframing relations with Syria based on solid ground and cooperation.”

Here are some more pictures of the ceremonies in Lebanon( courtesy of Reuters)

Female members of Lebanon's Hezbollah chant slogan during the Ashura ceremony held in Beirut's suburbs December 27, 2009
Female members of Lebanon's Hezbollah chant slogan during the Ashura ceremony held in Beirut's suburbs December 27, 2009
Shi'ite Muslim women take photographs of bleeding men after they were cut on their heads with blades during a ceremony marking Ashura in Nabatieh, south Lebanon, December 27, 2009.
Shi'ite Muslim women take photographs of bleeding men after they were cut on their heads with blades during a ceremony marking Ashura in Nabatieh, south Lebanon, December 27, 2009.
Female members of Lebanon's Hezbollah cry during the Ashura ceremony held in Beirut's suburbs December 27, 2009.
Female members of Lebanon's Hezbollah cry during the Ashura ceremony held in Beirut's suburbs December 27, 2009.
A Shi'ite Muslim boy taps his head with a blade to draw blood during a ceremony marking Ashura in Nabatieh, south Lebanon, December 27, 2009
A Shi'ite Muslim boy taps his head with a blade to draw blood during a ceremony marking Ashura in Nabatieh, south Lebanon, December 27, 2009
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