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On the 8th day of Rabi' al-awwal the third month of Islamic calendar, Chup Tazia is observed by the Shia muslims of India and Pakistan. This procession of Chup Tazia marks the end of the mourning procession that begins in the Islamic month of Muharram.
The procession of Chup Tazia originated in Lucknow. It was started by Nawab Ahmed Ali Khan Sahukat Yar Jung during the Nawabi era. It is one of the most crucial processions of Azadariin Lucknow. On this date the colossal black tazia is carried out in procession and finally buried. The Shia Muslims light candles and say prayers remembering the sacrifices of Hussein. As the tazia arrives, groups of men perform the ritual of maatam before the Tazia. These groups of men performing maatam walk on burning coals, beat themselves with chains and knives and also beat their chests while mourning for Hussein.
At the end of the process the black Tazia is buried and the Shia Muslims shower the grave with flowers and prayers.
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