Week in Photos: Fishermen on Stilts, Ashura Festival, More

News photos from the week of January 26-February 1, 2007.
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Karbala, Iraq, January 30, 2007—Shiite boys hold candles on Ashura, a Muslim day of mourning to honor Imam Hussein, a grandson of the Prophet Mohammed who was martyred in the Battle of Karbala in A.D. 680. Ashura is the Arabic word meaning tenth, and refers to the tenth day of Muharram, the day of the battle in which Hussein died.

The ceremony includes passion plays, dramatic funeral processions, and occasionally self-flagellation and bloodletting—particularly among men—to emulate Hussein's suffering.

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