And here are my last set of photos from Ashura this year (at last). These were taken on the day of Ashura. I wasn't able to go to Manama for the processions in the morning so I took some photos of the events in Diraz later in the afternoon.
Even though Ashura is supposed to be a sombre affair, there seems to be an almost festive atmosphere around some of the events (especially for the kids), as you can tell from the photos. Poetry, music, painting, sculpture, drama, lots of free food, horse and camel rides for the kids,... and, dare I say it, a small amount of blood. And you're also bound to bump in to every single Shia friend or acquaintance you've ever met in your life.
Anyways, here are the photos.
Look at how many kids there are everwhere waiting for their turn for a ride on the horses:
It's just amazing how much effort and imagination is put into the Ashura events. Below you see the entrance to the Marsam al-Hussaini made with two larger-than-life lances:
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Look at the kid on the right hand side of the photo below. Hands in his pockets, he was just standing there enjoying the beauty of the horses passing by.
Shaikh Isa Qasim delivering his speech:
Note the ladies on the left side of the picture with a balcony view of the proceesings: