A mourning ceremony marking Arbaeen, the 40th day after the anniversary of the martyrdom of the third Shiite Imam, were held in the Iranian capital of Tehran Tuesday with Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei in attendance.
The ceremony held in Imam Khomeini Hussainiya in Tehran on Tuesday was attended by a large number of students from across the country.
Concurrently, a huge crowd of people in the Iranian capital took part in a procession on Tuesday morning in commemoration of Arbaeen.
Since a couple of years ago, Tehran residents, calling themselves those “left behind” (for not having had the opportunity to take part in the annual Arbaeen march in Iraq), walk long distances from different parts of Tehran to Rey on Arbaeen.
Arbaeen is a national holiday in Iran. It marks the 40th day after Ashura, the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein (AS), the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), in 680 AD.
The Iraqi city of Karbala, which hosts the holy shrine of Imam Hussein (AS), has attracted millions of pilgrims, even non-Muslims, who create the world’s hugest human gathering in modern history.