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12/26/09

Photos: Muharram Mourning in Zanjan, Iran

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 kmĀ² has a mostly rural, population of 1.7 million. The province lies 330 km northwest of Tehran, connected to it via a freeway.



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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