Today, November 3rd, 2014 marks the day of Ashura for Iranians, also considered the most bizarre of Persian holidays.
What is Ashura?

Culturally, Ashura commemorates the martyrdom of Husayn ibn Ali, the grandson of Muhammad, who defiantly rode with his entire family at the Battle of Karbala against the army of the caliphate to be slaughtered.

Why would […]