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CLIP 6229

Ashura mourning ritual

Ashura mourning ritual

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Key Info
  • Ashura mourning ritual
  • Duration: 01:05
  • Pilgrims at holy sites in Baghdad and Karbala observing the annual ritual of mourning. Ashura is on the tenth day of Muharram in the Islamic calendar and marks the climax of the Remembrance of Muharram. This BBC News clip is published as part of BBC News Online and was first broadcast on 7 January 2009. Please note this clip is only available in Flash.
  • Subject:

    Religious Education


    Islam: Celebrations Festivals and Pilgrimage

  • Keywords: Islam, Islamic calendar, places of worship, celebrations, festivals, pilgrimage, death, crowds, mourning, ritual, chanting, Remembrance of Muharram
Ideas for use in class
  • The clip could be used to compare and contrast the ideas and practices of festivals with other cultures and religions. In this case, Ashura is a ritual of mourning, which might be contrasted with approaches to death and mourning in other religions and cultures.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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