In Pictures: Muharram, beyond mourning

During the month of Muharram, the Shia community come out with processions across Kashmir.

They mourn, wave flags and banners, and recite Nawa while walking across the length and breadth of Kashmir.

Volunteers work together during this period carrying the “message of justice and peace” on these banners hoisted across the region including places like Pulwama, Budgam, Baramulla and Srinagar.

The JK administration had announced that the Muharram procession will be allowed this year after a ban of 30 years. But the administration imposed restrictions, which led to clashes in many places.

Rest in pictures.

Muslim Shia volunteers making arrangements at Imambara Qadeem Zadibal during first days of Muharram in Srinagar, Kashmir. [FPK Photo/Vikar Syed.]

Shia Muslims participating in a Majlis organised by a resident of Hassanabad, Srinagar on the 1st day of Muharram. [FPK Photo/Vikar Syed.]

Hoisting a flag near Dal lake on Ist day of Muharram, volunteers of ‘Karbalaye 72’ group from Nishat area of Srinagar. [FPK Photo/Vikar Syed.]

Shia women watching the rally of mourners (not in a picture) who had come from Hassanabad locality in Srinagar. [FPK Photo/Vikar Syed.]

Children along with parents take part in rallies during the days of Muharram in Kashmir. Some do volunteer work and some walk along. [FPK Photo/Vikar Syed.]

Waving banners across Srinagar, children take part in the procession by “spreading message of Karbala” written on these banners. [FPK Photo/Vikar Syed.]

Young Shia Muslims while listening to Dastan e Karbala, recited during the Ashura rally at Mujahid Manzil, Srinagar on 6th Muharram. [FPK Photo/Vikar Syed.]

Reciting Nawa and crossing lanes, Shia muslims walk towards Hasanabad Imambara in the evening on 7th day of Muharram. [FPK Photo/Vikar Syed.]

Crossing the interiors of Dal Lake, Shia Muslim community from Kaande-Mohallah travelling towards the other end to join the large procession of mourners. [FPK Photo/Vikar Syed.]

Kashmiri Shia women cross the lake on a boat in the interiors of Dal Lake in Srinagar. [FPK Photo/Vikar Syed.]

Walking along with her father (not in a picture), a Shia girl child travelling back home in the evening after participating in a Muharram rally in Hassanabad Imambara, during the 10th day of Muharram. [FPK Photo/Vikar Syed.]

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