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Ashura in Kurdistan. Shia Muslims partake in various rituals on the day of Ashura and throughout the month of Muharram in general. These rituals and practices vary depending upon culture. In the Bijar province of Kurdistan, mourners cover themselves in heated mud to commemorate and honor the martyrdom of Imam Hussain ibn Ali, who was killed along with his family and followers by the armies of Yazid ibn Muwaiyah.