Karbala Ashura processions begin their mourning ceremonies

The Ashura Karbala condolence processions began their hussayni condolence ceremonies, from the Sunrise of this morning on the first day of the month of sorrow; the holy month of Muharram, to announce the start of its mourning season.

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); Sayed Aqeel Abdul Hussein al-Yasiri, stated to Al-Kafeel Network that "the condolence ceremonies of the first ten days are dedicated to the people of Karbala, which is a ritual of condolence that they have been accustomed to since ancient times, and begins with the descent of the Zinjeel condolence processions".

He pointed out that"the movement of the processions, according to the plan of organizing their march, will be through specific streets leading to the Qibla gate of the shrine of Aba al-Fadl al-Abbas (peace be upon him) passing through his holy shrine, and then out of the gate of Imam al-Hassan (peace be upon him) to conclude at the shrine of the master of the martyrs; Imam Aba Abdillah al-Hussayn(peace be upon him), passing by the square between the Two Holy Shrines."

"Teams from our department have been assigned to accompany the March of each procession from the moment of its launch until its conclusion, having the responsibility to organize the March and not to gather or overcrowd, according to special paths that ensure that there is no intersection between one procession and another or with visitors," he explained.

The Zinjeel procession consists of a number of mourners belonging to the hussayni processions and bodies in the form of groups, dressed in black and clutching a bundle of thin chains with their hands, beating their shoulders with them in a monotonous manner organized by the beating of drums and gongs in a violent war style, and marching through the streets to the holy shrines, all while chanting sad songs, the core of which rhymes: (O Hussayn, oppressed, thirsty martyr). Noting that the first ten days of Muharram are dedicated to the mourning and service processions of the people of Karbala.
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