Millions of Muslims from all over the world have convened in Iraq's Karbala, where Imam Hossein was martyred, as part of the Arba'een pilgrimage. The Arba'een Pilgrimage, or the Arba'een Walk, is the world's largest annual public gathering.

Iran (IMNA) - On Wednesday, people took part in mourning walks in honor of Arba'een, which commemorates the conclusion of a 40-day period of mourning for Imam Hussein (AS), the third Shia Imam, and his 72 companions who weremartyred in the Battle of Karbala in southern Iraq in 680 AD.

Early estimates put the number of participants in the procession in Iraq at above 30 million, including Iranians.

Days before Arba'een, pilgrims begin their on-foot journey by using several ways to reach the sacred sites in Karbala. The 80-kilometer path connecting the holy Iraqi cities of Najaf and Karbala is one of the main routes.

During the yearly occasion, the pilgrims pay homage to and reaffirm their commitment to Imam Hussein (AS), the undisputed symbol of the struggle against injustice, oppression, and authoritarianism.

Moukebs (also known as Mowkibs), are temporary booths set up along the pathways, which give everything that pilgrims may need during the trek for free, greet and serve pilgrims.

Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, the foreign minister of Iran, thanked the Iraqi government and people for their gracious hospitality during the Arab'een procession in a phone call with his Iraqi counterpart Fuad Hussein on Tuesday.

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