Photos by Amir Hossein Haydari, Mehr News Agency
Ashura mourning rituals were held Tuesday in the town of Khusf south of the provinical town of Birjand in South Khorasan province, eastern Iran. Every year millions of people across Iran mark Ashura, the day Imam Hossein (the grandson of Prophet Mohammed) was martyred in 680 AD in the battle of Karbala.
In the recent decades, Ashura has been turning into a carnival like event where people in different regions of Iran enact various events as they see them happened in Karbala. The mournings, commemorations ceremonies and rituals take many different forms and vary widely across the country and have become more elaborate over the years.
During the mourning ceremonies which start on the first day of Muharram (the first month of the Islamic calendar) and reach their peak on Ashura (the tenth of Muharram), families donate food and a climate of friendship and sympathy prevails in the society.
Khusf, South Khorasan, Iran
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