March observing Ashura first of its kind in Winnipeg

By | August 30, 2020

Around 200 people, dressed in black, marched to the Manitoba Legislative Building on Saturday afternoon to commemorate Ashura, a holy day observed by Muslims.

Ashura marks the 10th day of the first month in the Islamic calendar, and holds different meanings for different groups — Sunni Muslims mark the day as when Moses and the Israelites were saved when God parted the sea. Shia Muslims mark it as a day of mourning for imam Husayn ibn Ali, who was killed in the Battle of Karbala in the year 680.

The imam is seen as a martyr and a symbol of standing up against oppression, and those at Winnipeg’s procession sang songs commemorating his life and beating their chests — a common cultural practice.

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