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Woman's Mourning

Eshagh Aghaei Mansourabad | Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province, Iran

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In Muslim countries, the first 10 days of Muaharram (lunar calendar) are marked for Azadari (mourning) rituals to commemorate the martyrdom of Hussein and his family at Battle of Karbala in 680 AD, 14 centuries ago.
During these days, people and particularly young men gather in the mosques, parade through the streets, dress in black, slap their chests, chant and flagellate themselves by chains.
Most women are solely observers of Azadari in Iran. Though, in one of the villages in Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad, Iran, women have a unique ritual. They not only participate in Azadari but also cook food to donate to the mourners and the village residents.

In Muslim countries, the first 10 days of Muaharram (lunar calendar) are marked for Azadari (mourning) rituals to commemorate the martyrdom of Hussein and his family at Battle of Karbala in 680 AD, 14 centuries ago.
During these days, people and particularly young men gather in the mosques, parade through the streets, dress in black, slap their chests, chant and flagellate themselves by chains.
Most women are solely observers of Azadari in Iran. Though, in one of the villages in Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad, Iran, women have a unique ritual. They not only participate in Azadari but also cook food to donate to the mourners and the village residents.

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