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11/14/13

Images of Ashura mourning rituals from across Iran

Photos by ISNA photographers

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.


Mourners in Isfahan

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 each region has developed their own traditions and rituals, many of them carnival style. These photos show the Ashura rituals held in various towns and villages across Iran.

Ajabshir







Arabs of Yazd




 

Arazi Mobarakeh village, Isfahan








 

Bandar Abbas





 

Bushehr






 

Gaz village, Damghan








 

Isfahan






 

Khorram Abad





 

Mashhad







 

Mehriz, Yazd





 

Moradabad village, Arak





 

Qazvin





 

Qom



 

Sabzevar





 

Tehran

 

Zanjan




 

Carrying Alams





 

Torches in Tehran







Afghans in Tehran

 

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