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Photos: Muharram Mourning in Masouleh, Northern Iran

Photos by Sajjad, Rafikhah, Jame Jam

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 ( in the year 61 AD) when Imam Hussein 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 Hussein and his family and supporters. During the month of Muharram, various mourning ceremonies are held across Iran where region has developed their own traditions. These photos show the mourning ceremonies that are held on the 6th of Muharram each year in the village of Masouleh in the northern province of Gilan.

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