The head of the Department of Rituals and Hussayni Processions in Iraq and in the Islamic world of the two holy shrines of Imam al-Hussayn and of al-Abbas (peace be upon both of them); Haj Riyadh Ni'mah al-Salman, has announced: The number of the processions participating in the Ziyarat Arba'een of this season has reached 29043 service and condolence processions, from the farthest point in Iraq up to Karbala, including 227 foreign processions."
Indicating: "Some of these processions combined between the service and condolences [latm and zinjeel]. They were distributed as follows:
- Dhi Qar: 3570 processions
- Muthanna: 1103 processions.
- Waset: 3150 processions.
- Basra: 3563 processins.
- Maysan: 701 processions.
- Baghdad: 5383 processions.
- Salahuddin: 252 processions.
- Diyala: 677 processions.
- Kirkuk: 164 processions.
- Nineveh: 42 processions.
- Najaf: 554 processions.
- Diwaniyah: 2214 processions:
- Babylon: 2370 processions.
- Karbala: 4550 processions.
He also added: "The number of the Arab and foreign processions participating in the condolence and service side of the Ziyarat Arba'een, and participated along the Iraqis to commemorate this occasion is 227 Arab and foreign processions from 23 countries registered in the database of the Department within the administrative borders of the province of Karbala."
He added: "These processions are from many Arab and foreign countries, including: Sultanate Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait, KSA, Yemen, Lebanon, Iran, USA, Indonesia, Belgium, Turkey, UK, Pakistan, Sweden, Thailand, India, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Tanzania, Canada, Netherlands, France, Kenya."
The Department added: "These processions have started to provide their services since the first days of the visitors' arrival. Some of them will remain until the end of the Ziyarat. They are registered within the Department's database and for which all the fundamental approvals have been issued so they can perform their duties within the determined place."
Indicating: "There are a large number of unregistered service processions as well as houses that opened their doors to the visitors, especially the houses close to the two holy shrines or those located on the roads leading to them, whose owners welcome the visitors and provide them with the necessary services."
Explaining: "The services provided by these processions vary between food, drink, accommodation, therapeutic services, organizing the walk of the visitors, as well as other side services such as repairing pushchairs and wheelchairs, washing clothes and ironing them, and free massages. All of these services are provided for the sake of the Master of the martyrs (peace be upon him) and for the sake of his intercession."