26 September 2021 - 11:51

Arba’een is a holly religious observance that falls forty days after the Day of Ashura which marks the martyrdom of Imam Hussein and his 72 companions.

Iran (IMNA) - Millions of people from around the world head to Karbala on foot every year to throw themselves into the world's largest annual public gathering. Arbaʽeen Pilgrimage falls on September 27 this year; however, pilgrimage takes place over several days running up to Arbaʽeen.

Roads and highways across Iraq have been loaded with rivers of black-clad Shiite mourners directing steps toward the shrine of Imam Hussain (PBUH) in Karbala, some of whom had walked for days from Iran.

This year, 30,000 pilgrims from the Islamic republic of Iran were allowed to attend the procession; however, Iraqi prime minister’s office announced that Mustafa al-Kadhimi ordered officials to increase the share for pilgrims from 40,000 to 80,000, including 60,000 for Iraq's Shiite-majority neighbor, Iran.

Iraqi officials have mandated vaccination for all pilgrims; Unvaccinated pilgrims will not be admitted to the holy city of Karbala.

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