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World's largest pilgrimage in Iraq's Karbala

AP

Published : Nov 22, 2016, 1:51 pm IST
Updated : Jul 8, 2017, 8:39 pm IST
The holiday marks the end of the forty day mourning period after the anniversary of the 7th century martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the Prophet Muhammad's grandson (Photo: AP)
The holiday marks the end of the forty day mourning period after the anniversary of the 7th century martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the Prophet Muhammad's grandson (Photo: AP)
Shiite faithful pilgrims gather between, the holy shrine of Imam Abbas and the holy shrine of Imam Hussein, in the background (Photo: AP)
Shiite faithful pilgrims gather between, the holy shrine of Imam Abbas and the holy shrine of Imam Hussein, in the background (Photo: AP)
Shiite pilgrims make their way to Karbala for Arbaeen, in Basra, 340 miles (550 kilometers) southeast of Baghdad, they walk from Najaf to Karbala (Photo: AP)
Shiite pilgrims make their way to Karbala for Arbaeen, in Basra, 340 miles (550 kilometers) southeast of Baghdad, they walk from Najaf to Karbala (Photo: AP)
Although mostly Shia Muslims from the world participate, Sunnis Muslims, Christians, Yazidis and Zorastrians also attend (Photo: AP)and serve pilgrims
Although mostly Shia Muslims from the world participate, Sunnis Muslims, Christians, Yazidis and Zorastrians also attend (Photo: AP)and serve pilgrims
The moon rises over Shiite pilgrims as they march to Karbala for the Arbaeen ritual in Baghdad (Photo: AP)
The moon rises over Shiite pilgrims as they march to Karbala for the Arbaeen ritual in Baghdad (Photo: AP)
22 million turned up for the event which is known to be the single largest annual pilgrimage in the world (Photo: AP)
22 million turned up for the event which is known to be the single largest annual pilgrimage in the world (Photo: AP)
The pilgrimage continues even as a bombing by ISIS on Monday claimed six lives at the start of the pilgrimage (Photo: AP)
The pilgrimage continues even as a bombing by ISIS on Monday claimed six lives at the start of the pilgrimage (Photo: AP)
Shiite faithful pilgrims pray at the holy shrine of Imam Abbas for Arbaeen in Karbala, 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Baghdad, Iraq (Photo: AP)
Shiite faithful pilgrims pray at the holy shrine of Imam Abbas for Arbaeen in Karbala, 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Baghdad, Iraq (Photo: AP)
Iranian Shiite pilgrims mourn during Arbaeen ritual, commemorating the end of the forty day mourning period (Photo: AP)
Iranian Shiite pilgrims mourn during Arbaeen ritual, commemorating the end of the forty day mourning period (Photo: AP)

Tags: Pilgrimage, Culture, Muslims