Arbaeen is coming, and the sound of drums and chains is heard higher. This is where mourning reaches its peak and people go to Arbaeen walk to show their devotion to Imam Hussein and commemoration of
Every year, around the 40th day of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, a group of Shi’a plan to travel to Karbala by walking. Along the way, there are special mourn who are usually part of
. Karbala’s prominence in Shia is the result of the
Battle of Karbala
, fought on the site of the modern city on October 10, 680.
Arbaeen is the largest annual gathering of people anywhere on earth, a very powerful pillar of Shi’a religion. According to the head of the Karbala Provincial Council, the number of Arbaeen pilgrims has reached 27 million in the year 2015. The commemoration of Karbala begins on the first day of
and reaches its climax on the 10th of Muharram, the day of the battle, known as
and continues for 40 days until Arbaeen. Men and women gather in
, chant and weep, mourning Hussain, his family, and his followers.