The main square of Zarach, where people from all over the area rally to celebrate Ashura. For this day, because it is a mourning day, everyone is dressed in black.
The main square of Zarach, where people from all over the area rally to celebrate Ashura. For this day, because it is a mourning day, everyone is dressed in black.
Women light candles in front of an Imamzadeh in Isfahan on the day before Ashura, known as "Tasua".
Women light candles in front of an Imamzadeh in Isfahan on the day before Ashura, known as "Tasua".
Self-flagellations in the courtyard of the Friday mosque of Isfahan during Tasua, one day before Ashura.
Self-flagellations in the courtyard of the Friday mosque of Isfahan during Tasua, one day before Ashura.
A big part of Ashura is the re-enactment of the Battle of Karbala. Visitors watch the open-air theatre in front of a mosque.
A big part of Ashura is the re-enactment of the Battle of Karbala. Visitors watch the open-air theatre in front of a mosque.
Women in Zarach observe the festivities from a roof.
Women in Zarach observe the festivities from a roof.
A woman prays along with hundreds of others at the main square of Zarach village.
A woman prays along with hundreds of others at the main square of Zarach village.
During the re-enactment of the battle of Kerbala, young men are playing the Sunni troops of Yazid I., Khalif of the Ummayyads, whose troops defeated Imam Hussain in battle.
During the re-enactment of the battle of Kerbala, young men are playing the Sunni troops of Yazid I., Khalif of the Ummayyads, whose troops defeated Imam Hussain in battle.
Zuljanah, the horse of Imam Hussain, is always portrayed wounded with blood stains, like its owner.
Zuljanah, the horse of Imam Hussain, is always portrayed wounded with blood stains, like its owner.
People observe the festivities in Zarach during the processions.
People observe the festivities in Zarach during the processions.
A man distributes free candy during the festivities in Zarach.
A man distributes free candy during the festivities in Zarach.
Children on a pickup truck sing chants and verses telling the story of Imam Hussain.
Children on a pickup truck sing chants and verses telling the story of Imam Hussain.
Hundreds of men chant and sing in rhythm and give in to a collective mourning mood.
Hundreds of men chant and sing in rhythm and give in to a collective mourning mood.
A small boy squeezes the hand of his father, while a man is busy slaughtering sheep on the sidewalk. The meat will be processed and distributed as free Kebab to the people right afterwards.
A small boy squeezes the hand of his father, while a man is busy slaughtering sheep on the sidewalk. The meat will be processed and distributed as free Kebab to the people right afterwards.
Men are pushing a horse through a crowd of people during the re-enactment of the battle of Karbala.
Men are pushing a horse through a crowd of people during the re-enactment of the battle of Karbala.
A man is carrying holy smoke though a crowd.
A man is carrying holy smoke though a crowd.
The re-enactment of the battle ends with the burning of the symbolic tent of Imam Hussain. After the tent is burned down, people try to collect small remains from it for good luck.
The re-enactment of the battle ends with the burning of the symbolic tent of Imam Hussain. After the tent is burned down, people try to collect small remains from it for good luck.
Women attend the ceremonies in Zarach.
Women attend the ceremonies in Zarach.
A woman holds a baby with a headband.
A woman holds a baby with a headband.
Men cry collectively for the death of Imam Hussain.
Men cry collectively for the death of Imam Hussain.
With the day of Ashura ending, people come together in front of mosques or big squares to light candles collectively and to have a late meal.
With the day of Ashura ending, people come together in front of mosques or big squares to light candles collectively and to have a late meal.
A man is lighting a candle in Yazd to make a wish.
A man is lighting a candle in Yazd to make a wish.
Women are lighting candles at a well in Yazd.
Women are lighting candles at a well in Yazd.