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Photos: Muharram Mourning Ceremonies in Khorram Abad, Iran

Photos by Mona Hoobehfekr, ISNA

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 following photos are from the mourning ceremonies held in the towns of Khorram Abad in western Iran.

Khorramabad is the capital of Lorestan, a province in western Iran. It had an estimated population of 339,759 in 2005. It is situated in the Zagros Mountains. The city population is predominantly Lur, an Iranian people who speak the Lurish Luri language.

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