Within the celebrations of the birth anniversary of Imam al-Hussayn (peace be upon him) and within the activities of the World Cultural Festival of the Martyrdom's Spring organized by the holy shrines of Imam al-Hussayn and of al-Abbas (peace be upon both of them), the 14th edition of the Karbala International Book Fair was officially opened on Friday morning 3rd of Sha'ban 1439 AH corresponding to April 20, 2018 in the area between the two holy shrines.
The ribbon was cut in the presence of the Senior Official of the al-Abbas's (p) holy shrine, its Secretary-General Eng. Mohamad al-Ashigar and the Secretary-General of the Imam al-Hussayn's (p) holy shrine Sayed. Ja'far al-Mosawi as well as administrators and officials of the two holy shrines, in addition to the representatives of the publishing houses and the participating institutions and a number of guests of the Festival of the Martyrdom’s Spring which will be launched this afternoon.
After performing a tour in the fair, they noticed that this edition includes various subjects' books that target most segments of the society, from childhood to the family, men and women, academics, students and cultivated people in general, and even the general visitor.
The member of the preparatory committee of the festival; Sayed 'Aqeel al-Yasiri explained to al-Kafeel Network: "The fair is distinguished by containing different publications including the religious and academic ones in addition to the humanitarian and scientific books that fit all academic levels from the preliminary to the university, as well as the special publications for the children's education to contribute to the development of the mental capacities of the child, in addition to other publications in various fields."
The director of the fair; Dr. Mushtaq al-Ali added: "This fair is part of the activities of the fourteenth edition of the World Cultural Festival of the Martyrdom's Spring, and this year it is held with the participation of 133 Iraqi, Arab and foreign Publishing Houses, libraries, institutions and centers in seven countries: Britain, Lebanon, Iran, Egypt, Jordan, Syria and the host country Iraq."
The Karbala International Book Fair is one of the most prominent events of the World Cultural Festival of Martyrdom's Spring, which is held and funded entirely by the General Secretaries of the two holy shrines of Imam al-Hussayn and of al-Abbas (peace be upon both of them) since its establishment in commemoration of the birth anniversaries of the grandson of the Great Prophet, Imam Aba Abdillah al-Hussayn and his brother Aba al-Fadl al-Abbas (Allah's prayers be upon them).