One of the most – if not the most – important religious celebration for Shia Muslims is Ashura. It comemorates the killing of Husayn, the son of Ali and grandson of The Prophet, at the battle of Karbala. For 3 days the whole Iranian nation stops, and celebrations are held in every village or city, with particularly important events taking place in major religious centers as Qom or Isfahan. It is a mourning, as they call it here a “sad holiday”, and it is quite amazing to witness huge crowds of people truly, deeply, feeling for the death of a man which happened about 1400 years ago.
This particular picture shows a morning parade held on Isfahan’s “Naqsh-e Jagan” square.