Millions of people, predominantly Shia Muslims, flock annually to Karbala in central Iraq to commemorate Arbaeen.

The old city comes alive in a riot of color and eulogies during a pilgrimage festival known as Arbaeen (which is the Arabic equivalent for forty). The ancient city is decked with garlands of fairy lights, flowers, and bunting. Young families, friends, and revered seniors come together beneath banners bearing the names of Imam Hussein (PBUH) and Abbas (AS) in red, green, blue, and black.

With Arbaeen being the greatest yearly pilgrimage in the world, the city's visitor numbers have increased over time, and there aren't nearly enough hotels, restaurants, or stores to house and provide for the millions of pilgrims who are currently on their way. However, there are lots of Mokibs that serve all pilgrims along the walking path.

The city is all-prepared to host millions of pilgrims coming from all around the world.

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