Nick and Dariece
32 days in the country of Iran is simply not long enough…but that’s all the time we had, and we took full advantage of it.
Everything was a highlight for us: the people were incredibly warm and welcoming, the food was surprisingly delicious, the sights were beautiful and the markets were bustling! It was everything we hoped it would be and more.We have story after story that we could share with you from this Persian nation, but we thought we’d tell you about our experience with Ashura (or Muharram). In short, this is a 10 day ceremony/mourning period to commemorate the death of Imam Hussein (the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson), who died brutally in Iraq in 680AD.
We were in Kerman for the last day of the mourning processions, and witnessed thousands of people on the streets, openly sobbing, dressed in black, all chanting in unison – while the men whipped themselves with chains in honour of Imam Hussein who died 1333 years ago! It was one of the most interesting religious displays we’ve ever seen.