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02/20/09

Photos: taziyeh passion play on the occasion of Arbain in Ardebil, Iran

Photos by Hosein Shokrani Moghadam, ISNA

مراسم عزاداري به مناسبت اربعين حسيني در اردبيل

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.

Thosands of taziyeh in various shapes and sizes are fashioned every year for months of mourning of Muharram and Safar; and are carried in processions and may be buried at the end of Ashoura day or Arbain day which is 40 days past Ashoura.

The photos here are from the taziyeh play held in Ardebin, Iran.











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