(Persia Digest) – Iran’s biggest outdoors Ta’zieh to commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Hossein (AS) and his companions was held on Ashura day in Shush, southwestern Iran.
The events of Karbala were commemorated in a Ta’zieh Passion Play with the presence of thousands of Hosseini mourners from across Iran in Khuzestan Province and other Iranian provinces.
The mourning ceremony has also been registered as a National Heritage of Iran and is the biggest of its kind in the country. It turned 112 today. But the roots of “Beit-e parcham” ceremony in Hor, Shush, dates back to over two centuries.
Ta’zieh players sing the events that took place in Karbala in 61 AH as songs in Persian and Arabic.
Ta’zieh began in Shush in 1906 with two people acting the parts of Imam Hossein (AS) – 3rd Shia Imam – and Hazrat Abbas (AS) – brother of Imam Hossein – as a silent play. Songs and lyrics were gradually exchanged between the actors as time went by.
Currently, an estimated 700 people are active in the art of Ta’zieh. This number increases at times according to the number of extras and horse riders.
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