While in Isfahan for Ashura, I had the chance to meet a group of extremely nice and welcoming local people, involved in an organization which aims was to inform foreigners on the paricular customs and culture revolving around the Ashura celebrations. Mohamed (with the shiny suit), Mollah Asghar, and the two ladies which name I can’t recall, kindly took it upon them to show us around during two days, providing particularly interesting insights on the ongoing celebrations, which interest actually really lied on discovering the historical (and mythological) facts underlying them.
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.
Several times during the course of the 3 days masses of people gathered to pray, occupying the whole central city Square in front of the Imam Mosque.