Ashura is famous for the people practising self-flagellation but Ashura is more than that. For the Shia people, the Day of Ashura is the tenth day of Muharram and commemorates the killing of Hussein and his 72 relatives by the Umayyad caliphate in Karbala, Iraq. In Iran, this is the time for unique celebrations all over the country.
On this day only, faces are covered with a veil – something unusual in Iran, where the scarf usually only covers women’s hair. People hide their faces not to be recognized.