The head of the Department of Hussayni Rituals, Processions and Bodies in Iraq and the Islamic world, affiliated with the Two General Secretariats of the Holy Shrines of Imam al-Hussayn and al-Abbas (peace be upon them), revealed the participation of 2000 Service and Mourning Processions in the rituals of Ziyarat Ashura.
The head of the Department; Sayed Aqeel al-Yasiri, said that "the participating processions from inside and outside Iraq have been distributed between the center of the Old City and outside, as (700) processions are spread in the Old area and its surroundings to provide service and held condolence councils, while (1300) processions between service and condolence condolences that have also been spread in the rest of the administrative units of the governorate".
He added that "the mourning processions recall the tragedy of the martyrdom of Imam al-Hussayn (peace be upon him) and his family and companions, through mourning processions, councils and religious lectures, while the service processions provide their various services to visitors around the clock, and have begun their work since the first day of Muharram and continue until the thirteenth of the holy month".
"The department has assigned teams from its staff to accompany the March of each procession, from the moment it starts to its conclusion, to take on the responsibility of organizing the March to avoid overcrowding, according to special routes to ensure that there is no intersection between one procession and another or with visitors,"al-Yasiri stressed.
The movement of the processions takes place according to an organized plan prepared by the department, where their march is through specific streets leading to the Qibla gate of the shrine of Aba al-Fadl al-Abbas (peace be upon him) passing through the Holy Courtyard, and then they exit from the imam al-Hassan gate (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, according to al-Yasiri.