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Story Publication logo December 27, 2009

How Iranians Celebrate Ashura Across the Country


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After a hotly contested presidential election that resulted in street riots and a disputed claim to...


The mourning ceremonies of Ashura are some of the most spectacular traditions surviving Iran's Islamic antiquity. Although I am a Greek Orthodox Christian, the commemoration ceremonies marking the killing of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad's grandson in 680 AD are as reminiscent of Easter as they are alien and otherworldly.

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