The 10th day of the Islamic month of Moharram Religious day for Shiites in south Beirut as well as southern and eastern Lebanon marking the death of Imam Hussein. The Shiite Muslims mark the day by slashing their heads with blades or beating their chests. People march in large groups (as many as 300,000 people) men, women and children participate in the holiday. (Doctors stand by in case of profuse bleeding or fainting) Everyone wears black. Many shout "O Hussein, Our Beloved Hussein,"

The holiday has been used in recent years to vent anger at Israel and the United States. This year (March 2001) many of the mourners carried banners that read “Death to the USA