(Persia Digest) – Muharram is a month of mourning which takes place every year to commemorate the events of this month in the desert of Karbala in 61 AH in today’s Iraq.
The face of Iranian cities change considerably during this month to be covered in black.
Religious ensigns and flags in black and green fly over the roofs of religious venues, mosques, houses, office buildings, and all across the streets. Believers – men, women, young, and old – wear black and prepare themselves for the noontime on Ashura Day by smearing mud on their faces as a sign of mourning.
All believers gather in mosques and religious venues to stage Ta’zieh Passion Plays and form mourning groups who hit themselves on the head and chest to commemorate the dead of the events in Karbala.
Photos: Ayoub Ghaderi, Hossein Khadimi/Young Journalists Club; Reza Khanbabaei, Amir-Hossein Nasouti/Fars News; Seyed Saeed-Reza Razavi/Mehr News; Amin Ahouyi/Tasnim.
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