Photographer's Note

Every year on the 10th of Muharrem (Muslim calender) ( 10 Muharrem 61 = 10th of October 680 ), Shi'i community gather in Halkalı Square (the biggest ceremony takes place here but it alse takes place in some other special points where they live) for the Kerbela event . This day as a whole is called 'Aşura' (meaning 10th)

Kerbela event is a massacre where Hz Hseyin (the grandson of Hz Muhammed (Prophet)),his family and close friends were killed by adherents of he Umayyad Caliph Yezid. 72 people were killed (including children, even the 6 month age baby of Hz Hseyin) after being left without food and water.

It is a great ceremony, they wear special costumes for that day. The metal bowls they hold symbolizes thirst of Kerbela.

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