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Tens of thousands of Shiite worshipers took part in mass marches in Beirut and across Lebanon Wednesday for the annual Ashoura processions mourning the death of Imam Hussein, who is the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad.The Islamic New Year fell on Oct. 2 and Ashoura, which is observed by Shiite Muslims, is marked 10 days later.Hussein had refused to pledge allegiance to the caliph. Shiites have since remembered the occasion of Ashoura, which means the 10th day in Arabic, with large annual processions where many beat their heads and chests, donate blood and distribute food and water as a sign of devotion to Hussein.However, a minority of mouners take part in self-flagellation as an expression of their love for Hussein, although it is widely discouraged among all major Shiite religious groups.
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