As an annual tradition revived by the two holy shrines of Imam Al-Hussayn and Al-Abbas (peace be upon both of them) in cooperation with the people of Hilla on the eve of the mid of the month of Ramadan; the birth anniversary of the grandson of the Holy Prophet; Imam Al-Hassan Al-Mujtaba (peace be upon him), the annual cultural festival in its ninth edition is held in the centre city of Hilla in Babylon province, at the shrine of Rad Shams.
The festival, which will last for three days, started on the eve of his birth anniversary (peace be upon him); from the 14th to the 16th of the month of Ramadan, embraced by the city of Hilla. The cultural and intellectual events are diversified, starting by the opening ceremony that includes many words, poems and raising the flag of Imam Al-Hassan (Peace be upon him), in addition to Quranic and poetic evenings, as well as research sessions of academics about the life of Imam Al-Hassan Al-Mujtaba (peace be upon him), his important and active role, especially after the martyrdom of his father; the Commander of the Faithful (Allah's prayers be upon him). In addition to other activities with the participation of religious and cultural figures from inside and outside the province of Babylon and representatives of the province.
The Iraqi city of Hilla, is the centre of Babylon province, and was built by Sadaqa son of Mansour, the Emir of Bani Mazeed on the year 494 AH / 1101. It is about 100 km from Baghdad, and 60 km from Najaf. It is located near the historical city of Babylon, which is one of the most important archaeological sites in the world.
This city has derived its cultural heritage from the civilization of Babylon, the mother of the ancient civilizations, the location of the hanging gardens; one of the seven wonders, built by Nebuchadnezzar and its obelisk of Hammurabi, in which the early Babylonians has written their humanitarian laws.
The Hilla was then the city that attracted the seekers of safety and food, and it turned to be the settlement of the angry at the Abbasid power, when the Abbasid power was under the control of the Seljuk. And hundreds of intellectuals have rushed along with their books to settle in it. And Hillah became the city of scholars and writers coming from all over the world, and the scientific and literary spirit grew in it, making the known intellectual renaissance of Hilla has emerged in the seventh and eighth centuries of Hijra, witnessing the progress of the cognitive structure of the population.