Mawlid al-Husayn

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Birthday of Husayn. Festival commemorating the birth of Husayn, Muhammad's grandson and the leader of the Shii rebellion against the Umayyad caliph Yazid. Celebrated annually in Cairo and among Shiis on the third day of Shaban. Devotees, many of whom are members of Sufi orders, visit the mosque-shrine where his head is said to be buried.

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