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    Ashura Processions, Dhaka, Janaury 2009

    The Holy Ashura Processions

    08 January 2009
    Dhaka, Bangladesh

    January 20, 2008 was the Holy Ashura, a religious festival of real significance celebrated by the Shiite (Shia) Muslim community around the world. There is a substantial Shiite community in Bangladesh who celebrate the occasion every year with a lot of zeal and passion. Several processions are held at different areas of Dhaka City.

    I've been to the Ashura processions before. But in 2008, I went to the processions held at Mohammadpur, which was much smaller than the main processions that start from Old Dhaka and end up at Dhanmondi. This time, I decided to go with the bigger procession. This procession was a lot different from the ones I saw at Mohammadpur, not just because of their relative size, but mainly because of their mood. The one I saw at Mohammadpur, was much more festive, whereas, the one of Old Dhaka kept a mourning profile. The main procession of Old Dhaka lacked the multitude of colourful Tazia seen at Mohammadpur. But it sure had an overwhelming number of colourful flags and banners. The biggest difference came in the form of some "dagger stunts". Young men hurt themselves hard and bleed with blunt daggers to feel some of the pain that Hussein-Ibne Ali (A), the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad (SM) felt at the Battle of Karbala (approx. 20 October 680 AD; 10th day of Muharram 61 AH). I felt the difference of mood from the word 'go' as we all had to take off our shoes to be allowed to travel with the procession. And from then on, I didn't see a lot of similarity with the one I saw a year back at Mohammadpur.

    The procession started in the morning hours and ended some time after 1:30PM. I was just too tired to see the Mohammadpur procession that usually starts in the afternoon and ends some time in the evening.

    Here are some of the glimpses from the event.


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    Mourn you; mourn!!
    Young men beat their chest to mourn shaheed Hussein (A)


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    Startled!!
    A young one is startled by the magnificence of the occasion...... still trying to figure out the importance of the ritual he is passing through........


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    You're just too big for me...........


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    Holy milk.......
    Milk rolling from the feet of the decorated horse, resembling Dhul Zana, the horse of Hussein (A)........ People were collecting the milk from the ground as a holy possession........


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    Windows........01


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    Dwarfed by the occasion........01


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    Windows........02


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    Everyone participates.........


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    Mourn!! Beat your chest o' young souls........


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    Love for life's all good......


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    They saw it too!!........01



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    In the chaos........


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    Dwarfed by the occasion........02


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    Dwarfed by the occasion........03


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    Windows........03


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    They saw it too!!........02


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    Dwarfed by the occasion........04


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    Dwarfed by the occasion........05


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    Carrying the Tazia.........
    I only saw a couple of them; being carried by individuals above their heads......


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    The conquerer!!
    There were many professional photographers coverting the event, as there were enthusiasts.......


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    A maze of media.........


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    A 'touch' of holy occasion.........


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    This was supposed to be a mourning parade!!
    Security was very tight indeed..... there were many checkposts.....


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    Carrying the colours...........01


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    Carrying the colours...........02


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    Carrying the colours...........03


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    Carrying the colours...........04


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    The colours of the occasion........01


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    The colours of the occasion........02


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    Pain has no colour.........01


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    Pain has no colour.........02


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    Pain has no colour.........03


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    Pain has no colour.........04


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    Pain has no colour.........05


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    Pain has no colour.........06


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    Pain has no colour.........07


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    Pain has no colour.........08


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    Stairs.........


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    Just for a glimpse!!

    1 comment:

    1. দুর্দান্ত ধারা বিবরণী
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