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Pink City Jaipur all set for Tazia procession to commemorate Hazrat Imam Hussain's martyrdom
Jaipur is all set for procession of several hundred Tazia of various shapes and sizes on October 24 with chants of Ya Hussain to commemorate the death of the prophet Mohammed's grandson Hazrat Imam Hussain, which has become a famous cultural event of the city.
Expert artists decorate Tazia with expensive decorative items elaborately before the procession. Some of the Tazias costing several lakh rupees are prepared since the creativity of Tazia-makers is acknowledged with rewards. Several artists take many months to create an elaborate Tazia.

The Tazia procession of Pink city is regarded as one of the largest in the country in which the Tazia of erstwhile royal family also participates. It is regarded as the last procession of the mourning period that begins in the Islamic month of Muharram.

As we know that Tazia are miniature mausoleums of Karbala, often created of coloured paper, bamboo, tin foil, mica, glass and other decorative items.

The event marks the anniversary of the Battle of Karbala when Imam Hussein ibn Ali, the grandson of Muhammad, and a Shia Imam, was killed by the forces of the second Umayyad caliph Yazid I at Karbala.

Hussain, his six-month old son and 71 followers achieved martyrdom on the battlefield of Karbala. The mourning rituals include self-flagellation, beating the chest, congregations, public processions and distribution of Tabarrukh.

Tazia procesion is also seen as symbol of Shia communal identity and it is observed in countries with noteworthy Shia population such as Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Lebanon, India, and Bahrain.

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