Photos by Arash Khamooshi, ISNA
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.
The following photos are from the mourning
ceremonies held in the town of Bijar in Iran's Kurdistan province.
Bijar is a city
located in Kurdistan Province of Iran. Its estimated population as
of 2006 is 46,156. With an elevation of 1883.4 meters, Bijar is
called the Roof of Iran. The majority of the inhabitants of Bijar
are Kurds. Bijar is known internationally for its elegant and
ancient carpet and rug designs.
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