1.3M Iranian pilgrims travel to Iraq
Tehran, Iran, Dec. 12
By Milad Fashtami - Trend:
Some 1.3 million Iranian pilgrims have traveled to Iraqi city of Karbala, to mark Arba'een (the 40th day after the martyrdom anniversary of the third Shia Imam).
The head of Iran's Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization Saeed Ohadi said that necessary measures have been taken for the safe return of the pilgrims, Iran's IRIB News Agency reported on Dec. 12.
"Around 700,000 pilgrims entered Iraq trough Mehran border, which is three times more than previous year," he said.
Around 17 million Shia Muslims have traveled to Karbala to hold mourning rituals of Arba'een.
Imam Hussein, the third Shia Imam, was the grandson of Prophet Mohammad. He was killed along with 72 of his companions and family members in the battle of Karbala more than 14 centuries ago.
Millions of Shia mourners annually flock to Karbala to mark the 40th day after Imam Hussein's martyrdom anniversary.
Edited by CN