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12/26/09

Photos: Muharram Mourning in Kang Village, Mashhad

Photos by Amin Khosroshahi, ISNA

Kang village is located abotu 28 Kilometers west of the city of Mashhad. The architecture of Kang is close to that of the famous village of Masouleh in Iran's Gilan province; and hence Kang is known as the Masouleh of Khorasan.


photo by Marde Naranji

 

 

Mashhad is one of the largest cities in Iran and one of the holiest cities in the Shia world. It is located 850 kilometres (530 mi) east of Tehran, at the center of the Razavi Khorasan Province close to the borders of Afghanistan and Turkmenistan.


The Mourning of Muharram is an important period of mourning in the Shi'a branch of Islam, taking place in Muharram which is the first month of the Islamic calendar. It is also called the Remembrance of Muharram. The event marks the anniversary of the Battle of Karbala when Imam Husayn ibn Ali, a grandson of Muhammad the founder of Islam, and a Shia Imam, was killed by the forces of the second Umayad caliph Yazid I. The mourning reaches its climax on the tenth day, known as Ashura, on which the forces of Yazid killed the 72 individuals who fought, including Husayn and his family and supporters.































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