Referred to as the Day of Ashurah (lit. "the
tenth") was the day on which Hussein ibn Ali
was martyred in the Battle of Karbala. Shia Muslims spend the day in mourning, whilst the
Sunni Muslims fast on this day commemorating
the rescue of the people of Israel by Musa (Moses) from Pharaoh.
Festival of Achoura or the
tenth day of Muharram.
Families traditionally gather together to have special meals
and offer zakat or a tenth of their annual income to the poor.
Taarija drums . «dakka»
Drumming, chanting, bonfires and throwing
Tara'ij are traditionally
given to children at the Achoura Festival and they take
the celebrations to the street. Most of them are waiting in
anticipation for the big day of Zem Zem. Sharing a
name with a well in Mecca, children are free to spray other
children and adults with water. Bonfires are lit when evening
Ashura has been a day of fasting
for Sunni Muslims since the days of the early Muslim
It marks two historical events: the day Nuh (Noah)
left the Ark, and the day that Musa (Moses)
was saved from the Egyptians by Allah.
in particular use the day to commemorate the martyrdom of Hussein,
a grandson of the Prophet, in 680 CE. In Shi'ite communities this
is a solemn day: plays re-enacting the martyrdom are often staged
and many take part in mourning rituals.