Photos by Youness Khani Mehr News Agency
Photos presented here are from the Tasoua mourning ceremonies in the city of Zanjan located in the northwest Iran. Zanjan is the center of Zanjan province, one of the 30 provinces of Iran. Zanjan province with an area of 36,400 km² has a mostly rural, population of 1.7 million. The province lies 330 km northwest of Tehran, connected to it via a freeway.
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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