Muharram procession held in Kashmir after three decades

For the first time in 34 years, thousands of Shia Muslims in Kashmir Valley participated in a procession to commemorate the eighth day of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic lunar calendar. 

The mourners dressed in customary black, beating their chests and chanting elegies passed through streets of Srinagar  . 

However, the procession was held amid heavy security arrangements.

Muharram is an important month in Islam during which Muslims worldwide conduct processions to mourn the martyrdom of Hussain Ibn Ali al-Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad, who died in 680 AD at the Battle of Karbala in present-day Iraq.

The Muharram procession had been banned in Kashmir since 1989 when separatist movement broke out in the then state. The ban was lifted, allowing the event to take place after more than three decades. 

Saturday, known as Ashura, marks the 10th day of Muharram.