Ashura is the name of the 10th day of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar. It is a religious holiday to remember this day. Muslims from all over the world get together on this day to remember when Imam Hussain, the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson, was killed as a martyr.
People believe that fasting is very important on the day of Ashura. People often think that God parted the Red Sea so that Prophet Moses and the people who followed him could escape from the Pharaoh of Egypt. It is also said that on this day, Prophet Musa fasted to show God how grateful he was and to show how humble he was. The people decided to do a fast to remember Moses’s victory.
Muslims remember the day that Imam Hussain was put to death on Ashura. During the Battle of Karbala, Imam Hussain fought against an army sent by Yazid I, the Caliph of the Umayyads. During this war, Imam Hussain was killed.
Shia Muslims hold public funerals and wear black to show respect on the day of Ashura. People could be seen beating their chests and chanting “Ya Hussain” during the parade.