Under the slogan: (Imam al-Hassan al-Mojtaba - peace be upon him - a light that lightens us and a imam to be guided by), the 12th Central Annual Festival celebrating the auspicious birth anniversary of Karim Aal al-Bayt (peace be upon them), was launched on the evening of Monday the 14th of the month of Ramadhan 1440 AH corresponding to May 20, 2019 in the Maqam of Rad al-Shams [sun's return] in the city of Hilla in Babylon province, which is established by the supreme body of the Hilla project city of Imam al-Hassan al-Mojtaba (peace be upon him), which supervises the festival under the auspices of the holy shrines of Imam al-Hussayn and of al-Abbas (peace be upon both of them), to celebrate the auspicious birth anniversary of Imam al-Hassan (peace be upon him).
The opening ceremony of the festival, which witnessed a large presence of religious, cultural and academic figures from inside and outside the province of Babylon, and delegations represented the two holy shrines and a large gathering of the people of the city and visitors of the Maqam, began with the recitation of verses from the Holy Quran and then reading Surat al-Fatihah standing in tribute to the martyrs of Iraq who sacrificed themselves for defending the homeland.
The attendees then went to participate in raising the banner of Imam al-Hassan al-Mojtaba (peace be upon him) in the sky of the city of Hilla, marking the beginning of the twelfth edition of this festival, a tradition established by the committee supervising this festival annually.
Then a play titled "Men of Allah" was presented, followed by the word of host of this festival - Hilla people - delivered on their behalf by the Chairman of the preparatory committee of the festival, Engineer Hassan Ali Al-Hali
Followed by the speech of the General Secretaries of the two holy shrines of Imam al-Hussayn and al-Abbas (peace be upon both of them), the sponsor of the festival, by a member of the Board of Directors of the al-Abbas's (p) holy shrine; Mr. Abbas Rashid Al Moussawi, who started it by extending his congratulations to the believers all over the world for the blessed birth anniversary of Imam al-Hassan al-Mojtaba (peace be upon him).
Then three students from the winners of the contest to memorize the speeches of Imam al-Hassan (peace be upon him) came to the podium to read parts of his speeches.
There was also a celebration through the popular poetry with the popular poet Abbas Zamili, who presented few beautiful poems.
After that, there was a poetry participation of Mohammed al-Badri, one of the wounded fighters of the popular mobilization, who lost his leg and left hand in a liberation battle. He called on the relevant parties to pay attention to the wounded.
Also the group of Iraqi musicians Union / Babylon branch, chanted on this auspicious occasion about the love of the Ahl al-Bayt (peace be upon them).
These activities were concluded by a chant with great interaction of the attendees, performed by the Radood Raed Al-Fatlawi.
After that, the attendees toured the corridors of the free painting exhibition, which was held in cooperation with the Directorate of Youth in the province of Babylon, with the participation of a number of youth forums and included a collection of paintings that focused and embodied many topics, most notably the victory of Iraq on the terrorist ISIL gangs.