Muharram mourning rituals

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  • Muharram mourning rituals: Nakhlgardani in Shahroud 2020-09-01 18:07

    By  Seyed Hossein Hosseiniseddiq

    Muharram mourning rituals: Nakhlgardani in Shahroud

    Nakhlgardani or palm-carrying ritual is the carrying of a huge wooden coffin and is a symbol of Muharram mourning in Iran. In the first decade of this month, the coffin, while covered with black and green cloth, is carried by numerous mourners due to its heavyweight. This structure is kept in Husseiniyehs (religious places) and mosques for the rest of the year.

  • Kashmir 2020-08-31 21:38

    Kashmir crackdown on Shia Muslims reveals long-simmering discontent

    TEHRAN - Indian police attacked a Muharram procession in India-administered Kashmir on Saturday, injuring dozens of mourners commemorating the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein (AS).

  • Ashura 2020-08-30 21:36

    Ashura commemorated in Iran

    TEHRAN- Mourning ceremonies for the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (AS) on the day of Ashura were held on Saturday and Sunday all over Iran amid strict observation of coronavirus-related health protocols.

  • Blood donation campaign launched nationwide during Muharram  2020-08-30 18:37

    By Faranak Bakhtiari

    Blood donation campaign launched nationwide during Muharram 

    TEHRAN – A national blood donation campaign has been launched during the month of Muharram for forty days since Tasua (the ninth day of the month), Bashir Haji Beigi, spokesman for the Blood Transfusion Organization has announced.

  • A glimpse of Muharram mourning rituals across Iran: Playing senj, damam and chest thumbing 2020-08-25 22:00

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    A glimpse of Muharram mourning rituals across Iran: Playing senj, damam and chest thumbing

    In Bushehr, southwest Iran, people commemorate Muharram most notably through playing senj, and damam that are percussion instruments. 

  • Candle and Lamp Ceremony in Shahroud Tekiyehs during Muharram 2020-08-25 21:00

    By Seyed Hossein Hosseiniseddiq

    Candle and Lamp Ceremony in Shahroud Tekiyehs during Muharram

    Tekiyehs (prayer halls) of Bazaar, Golshan, Qaleh, Shariat, and especially Tekiyeh of Bid Abad, which is one of the old Tekiyehs of Shahroud, hold this traditional ceremony with special ceremonies. In this ritual, which begins minutes after sunset, the servants of these Tekiyehs, known as "watchmen", stand in a row in front of the Saqqakhaneh (A small indent in the wall overlooking some passages where water was poured for people to drink and had a kind of religious sanctity), which is called the lampstand. It is also common to play the trumpet to inform local servants during candle and lamp ceremonies. The custodian of the mosque and the elders also stand in front of the lighthouse, and the servants, who are on duty, line up in front of them.

  • A glimpse of Muharram mourning rituals across Iran: Gelmali 2020-08-25 14:19

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    A glimpse of Muharram mourning rituals across Iran: Gelmali

    Another ritual that is on Iran’s national heritage list is Gelmali. The ritual is held every year in Lorestan province on the day of Ashura.

  • Eulogist observes symbolic social distancing in Muharram mourning 2020-08-25 13:59

    Photo: Majid Asgaripour

    Eulogist observes symbolic social distancing in Muharram mourning

    Iranian eulogist Mahmoud Karimi, known for his enthusiastic eulogies for Shia imams (AS) and their households, conducts a mourning ceremony in a working-class neighborhood in downtown Tehran, August 20, 2020. Karimi manages to symbolically observe social distancing rules contrary to routine Muharram rituals where attendees are usually jam-packed.

  • ‘The vow of health’ highlights Iranian-Islamic values 2020-08-24 20:57

    By Faranak Bakhtiari

    ‘The vow of health’ highlights Iranian-Islamic values

    TEHRAN – The vow of health in the age of coronavirus is a rational, innovative, and cultural activity that highlights the Iranian-Islamic values toward improving the health and well-being of vulnerable groups in the society amid the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Muharram rituals: flagpole-carrying in Shahroud 2020-08-23 21:58

    By Seyed Hossein Hosseiniseddiq            

    Muharram rituals: flagpole-carrying in Shahroud

    In Muharram culture, Shia Muslims perform the ritual of carrying flagpoles to commemorate the memory of Holiness Abol-Fazl Al-Abbas (PBUH), the faithful flag bearer of the Karbala plain.

  • A glimpse of Muharram mourning rituals across Iran: Oblation of lamb 2020-08-23 21:53

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    A glimpse of Muharram mourning rituals across Iran: Oblation of lambs

    One of the other rituals during Muharram is oblation of lambs at Great Hussainiya of Zanjan, which is a famed ritual countrywide when it comes to Muharram mourning ceremonies in Iran. 

  • Hamedaniha Hussainiya 2020-08-22 21:01

    Hamedaniha Hussainiya: wearing costumes of Saqqas

    TEHRAN - From the first day of the lunar month of Muharram, Hamedaniha Hussainiya holds mourning ceremonies for twenty days.

  • A glimpse of Muharram mourning rituals across Iran: Bil Zani 2020-08-21 20:30

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    A glimpse of Muharram mourning rituals across Iran: Bil Zani

    One of the other Muharram rituals in South Khorasan province is Bil Zani. This is one of the ancient traditions that are on Iran’s national heritage list. Birjand and Khusf cities are the main centers for the ritual.

  • Muharram mourning: A glimpse of indigenous rituals across Iran 2020-08-19 18:54

    (Part 2/8); Tasht Gozari in Ardabil

    Muharram mourning: A glimpse of indigenous rituals across Iran

    One of the most famous rituals in Ardabil is Tasht Gozari during the mourning season of Muharram. People of Ardabil, who are Azeri, love Imam Hussein (AS) and his young brother Hazrat Abulfazl Abbas (AS). Before Muharram, people in Ardabil begin Tasht Gozari ritual, which is dated back to several years ago. People in other cities near Ardabil also hold Tasht Gozari ritual.

  • Nakhl Gardani, Yazd 2020-08-18 19:30

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    Muharram mourning: A glimpse of indigenous rituals across Iran

    TEHRAN - Every year, people in different parts of Iran hold rituals to commemorate Muharram mourning season gloriously in public. The commemoration of the battle of Karbala on the day of Ashura (10th day of Muharram) and the epic passion and courage of Imam Hussein (AS) and his 72 loyal companions who were all martyred (in 680 CE) is annually honored by Iranians.

  • UK Shia centers emphasize on observing health protocols in Muharram rituals 2020-08-11 20:00

    UK Shia centers stress observing health protocols in Muharram rituals

    TEHRAN – Shia centers in the United Kingdom in a statement emphasized the need for observing health protocols during Muharram rituals to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

  • Hassan Rouhani 2020-07-25 21:40

    Muharram rituals to be held by observing healthcare protocols: Rouhani

    TEHRAN – President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday that Muharram mourning rituals will be held with observing healthcare protocols and social distancing.

  • Muharram rituals capture attention of foreigners 2019-09-13 18:54

    Muharram rituals capture attention of foreigners

    TEHRAN – Iran turns to a major tourism hub during the mourning month of Muharram. Every year thousands of foreigners flock to the country to see with their naked eyes and record with cameras the Iranian fervor during Muharram that reaches its climax on its 10th day, also known as Ashura.