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.
Politics are always around, even during Muharram. In the streets of Yazd, a billboard shows a photoshopped. Obama as the traitor Hurmala, who killed Hussein’s son, the young Ali Asghar, with an arrow – bearing the colours of Israel on the poster.