Millions of Iranians across the country observed Ashura, which commemorates the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein (AS), to remind the world of what happened in the battle of Karbala more than 1,300 years ago.

Iran (IMNA) - Ashura, the 10th day of the lunar month of Muharram, is the culmination of mourning rituals commemorating the martyrdom of Imam Hussein's (AS) and his 72 companions in the Battle of Karbala who sacrified their lives for justice.

Every year, Iranian mourners hold passion plays and lamentations in commemoration of Ashura, and some people distribute votive foods, known generically as Nazri.

Observing the mourning rituals during the month of Muharram is a solemn promise made centuries ago that the followers of Prophet Muhammad and his rightful successors will not let the world forget the great sacrifice for humanity made by Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

Over 1,300 years ago, Imam Hussein and 72 of his companions fought against the enemies of Islam in the Battle of Karbala. Imam Hussein preferred martyrdom to swear allegiance to Yazid.

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