With the dawning of the first morning of the month of sorrows, the sacred month of Muharram, the Karbala Ashura mourning processions began their Hussayni mourning ceremonies, amid health and preventive measures taken by the administration of the two holy shrines, as well as the owners of the processions participating in these rituals.
The mourning ceremonies are dedicated to the people of Karbala in the first ten days, which is a custom they have been performing since ancient times, and begin with the Zinjeel mourning processions.
The two shrines of Imam al-Hussayn and his brother Aba al-Fadl al-Abbas (peace be upon them) witnessed the influx of these processions in succession according to a pre-prepared time and place schedule organized by the Hussayni Rites and Processions Department of the Holy Shrines of Imam al-Hussayn and al-Abbas (peace be upon both of them).
The starting point of these processions was from the Qibla Street of the shrine of Aba al-Fadl al-Abbas (peace be upon him), then exiting from the gate of Imam al-Hassan (peace be upon him) crossing the square between the two Holy Shrines, to conclude at the shrine of the master of martyrs Imam Aba Abdillah al-Hussayn (peace be upon him).
The head of the Hussayni Rites and Processions Department at the Holy Shrines of Imam al-Hussayn and al-Abbas (peace be upon both of them), Haj Riyadh Ni'mah al-Salman, told Al-Kafeel Network: “These ceremonies were preceded by many preparations, which resulted in the Hussayni parties, processions and bodies performing their solemn ceremonies by following strict preventive and health measures."
He added: "The schedule for organizing the processions included the start of specific groups from each procession, and that the Majlis held in the Holy Courtyard would be for a quarter of an hour, so that the space for other processions would be cleared to avoid crowding."
He explained: "Teams from our department have been assigned to accompany the march of each procession from the moment it begins until its conclusion, in order to organize the procession's path and avoid overcrowding, according to special paths that ensure that there is no intersection between processions and visitors."
It is noteworthy that the Holy Shrines of Imam al-Hussayn and al-Abbas (peace be upon both of them) have taken strict organizational and health measures, to ensure the smooth conduct of these processions and maintain their order, after special paths were allocated for their entry and exit, with the constant presence of teams organizing their march. In addition to deploying mobile teams working to sterilize the groups participating in the mourning.