The most solemn and colourful Muslim function held in the state is Muharram,
commemorating the martyrdom of Imam Hussain, the grandson of the Holy
Prophet. In all cities and towns Muslims take out impressive processions
of colourfully decorated tazias, replicas of the martyr's tomb at Karbala.
The most solemn and impressive Muharram is observed in Lucknow, where
gold and silver replicas of old Nawabi times are brought out and men beat
their breasts in mourning constantly until blood oozes out. The two Imambaras
and Shah Najaf are beautifully illuminated for two days. An impressive
event is a fire-walking feat held in one of the Imambaras. After the burial
of the tazias on the tenth day, a gathering of mourners in utter darkness
is held, known as Majlis Sham-i-Ghariban, one of the most soul-stirring
events among Muharram observances. The other occasions of religious importance
for Muslims are Id-Ul-Fitr, Ramzan (a month devoted to fasting), Chehlum,
Bara Wafat, Shah-i-Barat and Id-Uz-Zuha.