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Mourning procession

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One of the biggest mourning processions, on Muharram 8, in streets around a Husayniyya in Zanjan, Iran, in which around 500 thousand people participate.

Mourning Procession (Persian: دسته عزاداری) is a ritual in which a group of mourners hold a procession in alleys and streets to display their lamentation for the Shiite Imams, especially Imam al-Husayn (a). Mourning processions are held with recitation of elegies (Nawhakhwani), self-flagellation, and chest-beating. Such processions are held in different countries, such as Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Nigeria, etc. Some non-Shiite Muslims also attend such processions. In different areas, there are different traditions and practices for mourning processions.

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