NAJAF (Press Shia) – Millions of pilgrims, including many from western countries, are marching toward the holy shrine of the third Shiite Imam, Imam Hussein (AS), in the Iraqi city of Karbala, to take part in the upcoming Arbaeen commemorations.
According to Press Shia dispatches, the western pilgrims, among them some Christian devotees of Imam Hussein, are moving toward Karbala to mark the 40th day after the martyrdom anniversary the third Shiite Imam, which this year falls on November 20.
Meanwhile, tight security measures have been put in place with a large number of security forces deployed in Iraq’s holy sites in preparation for the occasion.
The Arbaeen mourning ceremony is one of the largest religious gatherings in the world.
Each year, millions of pilgrims, mainly from Iraq and Iran, travel long routes on foot to Karbala, where the holy shrine of Imam Hussein (AS) is located.