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03/22/11

Photos: Norouz at Massume Shrine in Qom

Photos by Mohsen Saeidi, Mehr News Agency

It is customary for Iranians to spend the start of the Persian New Year Norouz by the Haftseen spread. However, some devote Muslims prefer to begin the new year at the shrines of holly figures of Islam. These photos show people praying a the shrine of Massume in Qom, central Iran as the .



Shrine of Fatema Massume, sister of Imam Imam Reza (789-816 A.D.). Qom is the largest center for Shi'a scholarship in the world, and is a significant destination of pilgrimage.













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