Inside of Imam Husayn's Shrine in Karbala, Iran
When is Arbaeen?
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|This holiday next takes place in 100 Days.|
Dates of Arbaeen
|Commemorates the martyrdom of Husayn ibn Ali, the grandson of the Islamic prophet Muhammad|
Arbaeen is a national holiday in Iran.
It is observed on Safar 20 or 21, the 40th day after Ashura, the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Mohammad, in 680 AD.
History of Arbaeen
Arbaeen is one of the most important ceremonies in the Shi'ite Muslim calendar.
Arbaeen, means forty in Arabic as forty days is the traditional length of mourning after the death of a family member or loved one in Muslim traditions.
Imam Hussein was killed at the Battle of Karbala in central Iraq on 10 October 680 AD.
Around 20 million pilgrims will gather in Karbala on Arbaeen, making it the world’s largest annual human gathering. Many of the pilgrims travel barefooted from across Iraq and more than 50 countries.