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Travelling to Iran during Muharram and Tasua-Ashura
In lunar calendar, Muharram is the first month. The Battle of Karbala took place on Muharram 10th, in the year 61 AH of the Islamic calendar (October 10, 680 AD) in Karbala. The battle took place between a small group of followers and relatives of Imam Husayn (AS), Muhammad's grandson, and a larger military detachment from the forces of Yazid. Imam Husayn was killed and beheaded in this battle by Shimr Ibn Thil-Jawshan, along with most of his family and companions.
Tasua and Ashura are the 9th and 10th day of Muharram respectively. Ashura, is the most important day of the mourning time since it’s the day of Imam’s martyrdom. During the first ten days of each Muharram especially Tasua and Ashura, Muslims of Iran hold various mourning ceremonies in different cities of Iran for anniversary of this tradegy to show their love and respect towards Imam Husayn. Some ceremonies are very unique in some cities of Iran such as Yazd and Abyaneh and many people (Iranians and foreigners) travel to these cities to be part of these exclusive ceremonies.
There are various traditional rituals during these first 10 days of Muharram such as Nakhl-Gardani ceremony in Yazd that is carrying a wooden Nakhl (symbol of Imam Husayn’s coffin) on the shoulders of mourners, or Ta’ziyeh which is a type of street theatre. Ta’ziyeh ritual inscribed on UNESCO list in 2010.
Visiting Iran during Muharram can be a rare and different opportunity to experience one of the most significant events of Shia Muslims. This is Fotros Travel Agency’s honor to offer Muharram Tour (11-20 September 2018), feel free to contact us for more information and asking your questions.
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