_ Holding Ashura ceremonies and Coronavirus (Covid_19). Tehran.Iran, 2020
Ashura is one of the most important days for all Muslims in the world.
This day is famous among the Shiites due to the events of Ashura in the year 61 AH, on which Hussein ibn Ali – the third Shiite Imam – and his companions were killed in the Karbala incident in the battle with Omar Saad’s army, which is why the Shiites are mourning on this day.
This year in Iran, due to the Coronavirus (Covid 19) and all the orders to maintain health protocols, this ceremony was held in Iran.
On the day of Tasu’a (the day before Ashura), I decided to stay at home to stay healthy and not go to the ceremony, but a great desire made me attend the ceremony with other photographers.
I started from the Grand Bazaar of Tehran and started photographing there. People used to check their fevers at the beginning of entering the mosque and had to use masks, gloves and disinfectant alcohol. After listening to the lament and prayers, people would take the votive food and leave.
After the noon call to prayer, Ta’zieh began.
(Ta’zieh is a kind of Iranian-Shiite religious and traditional play and more about the killing of Hussein ibn Ali and the sufferings of the Ahl al-Bayt)
The Shiites weep and mourn when they see the condolences and sufferings of Hussein ibn Ali.
At the end of the ninth day, on the morning of the tenth day, the Ashura ceremony begins, which includes a burning tent. On this day, we go to one of the famous streets of Tehran, Sirus crossroads around the bazaar.
And we watch the burning tent ceremony. The men set up the tent and go under it and hit their heads and faces. Then they come out from under it. And the ceremony of attacking and invading the Yazidis to the tents and tents of Imam Hussein (AS) Corps is held.
There are many men and women in the crowd, there are people from Afghanistan, someone distributes masks to prevent the transmission of the disease.
When it came time to set fire to the tents, I went inside the fire truck and took pictures and videos from there.
Because when the flames burn, the wind blows the heat of the fire on the faces. After extinguishing the fire, according to the customs, people walk barefoot over the hot ashes of the burnt tent, saying a name of Hussein ibn Ali and blessing a piece of burnt ash or cloth.