Oct 30, 2018 07:28 UTC
  • Iraq’s Karbala hosting 15 million Arba’een pilgrims

The deputy governor of Iraq’s Karbala Province said more than 15 million pilgrims have arrived in the province for the Arba’een mourning ceremony.

According to Tasnim news agency, Iraqi sources quoted the Deputy Governor of Karbala, Ali al-Mayali, as saying that more than 15 million pilgrims have traveled to the province over the past days to attend the Arba’een mourning rituals. 

According to al-Mayali, more than 1.7 million pilgrims have gone to Karbala from other countries through land border crossings or the holy city of Najaf’s airport.

Meanwhile, Iraqi officials said 30,000 airline passengers have arrived in the Arab country over the past five days for the Arba’een pilgrimage.

Arba’een, which is one of the largest religious gatherings in the world, comes 40 days after Ashura, the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein (PBUH), the third Shias’ Imam and Grandson of Prophet Mohammad (Blessings of God upon him and his progeny).

Each year, a huge crowd of Shias flock to the holy city of Karbala, where the holy shrine of Imam Hussein (PBUH) is located, to perform mourning rites.

This year’s Arba’een falls on October 30.