Millions of Iranians hold mourning processions across the country on Ashura, which marks the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein (PBUH), the third Shia Imam.
The faithful Shia Muslims, dressed in black, have converged on the streets and in mosques in all cities and towns to listen to elegies in commemoration of Ashura, the 10th day of the lunar month of Muharram, which fell on Thursday in Iran.
On this solemn occasion, people also join mass mourning marches, while benefactors distribute votive food.
Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), and 72 of his companions were martyred in the Battle of Karbala, in southern Iraq, in 680 AD after fighting courageously for justice against the much larger army of the torturous Umayyad caliph, Yazid I, which some historians estimate to have been 100,000-strong.
Source: Press TV