Among the shi'ite muslims, 'Ashura' is a major festival, the tazieh (ta'ziyah), commemorating the death of Imam Husayn, son of Imam Ali and grandson of Prophet Muhammad, on the 10th of Muharram, AH 61 (October 10, 680), in Karbala' (present-day Iraq). It is a period of expressions of grief and of pilgrimage to Karbala '; passion plays are also presented, commemorating the death of Husayn.
Ta'zieh (Persian: ???ÛŒ?) and is traditional Persian theatrical genre in which the drama is conveyed wholly or predominantly through music and singing. Tazieh dates before the Islamic era and the tragedy of Saiawush in Shahnameh is one of the best examples.
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