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Editor's Choice - Picture of The Day - December 5, 2011


A Pakistani Shiite Muslim flagellates himself in front of a white horse during a religious procession on the ninth day of holy Islamic month of Moharram in Lahore on December 5, 2011. Pakistan stepped up security across the country as minority Shiites began annual Ashura processions to commemorate the death of Imam Hussain, the grandson of the Prophet Mohammed, along with his close relatives and supporters in the Battle of Karbala in modern-day Iraq in the year 680. During the annual festival of Ashura, culminating on the 10th day of Moharram when Hussain died, Shiites parade in major cities, beating their chests and whipping their backs with flails. (AFP/Getty Images/Arif Ali)


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