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During the days leading to Ashoura, Hrisa becomes a popular meal among Shiites in Lebanon.Fatima Khroubi, from the southern coastal town of Sarafand, is known for making good Hrisa. Every year, she makes it in large metal pots to give out small portions to her neighbors, friends, family and the poor. During the ten days leading to the commemoration of Ashoura on Oct. 12, which is when Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Mohammad was killed in the battle of Karbala in modern-day Iraq in 680 AD, Shiites hold mourning rituals, wear black and give out food and water.
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