Ashura Literally means “the tenth day” in Arabic language which is marked as one of the most tragic days in the Islamic history.  Ashura is the 10th Muharram which is the first month of Muslim lunar calendar. This day marks the martyrdom of Imam Hussain along with his 72 companions in Karbala (which is located in modern-day Iraq) in 680 A.D.

Why it happened?

After death of Yazid's father, He was determined to silence those who questioned his legitimacy as new Caliph. Imam Hussein refused to pay allegiance to Yazid due to many reasons. He remained defiant in his beliefs and said “Death with dignity is better than life with humiliation.”

Imam Hussain was one of the grandsons of Prophet Muhammad. The day of Ashura is marked by Muslims as a whole, However for Shia Muslims is a major religious commemoration. Special mourning rituals are observed on this day. Ashura is a holiday in some Muslim countries including Iran, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Pakistan and Bahrain while in India government offices, post offices and banks are closed.

Ta’zieh (meaning Condolence Theater) is also practiced in Iran during month of Muharram. Ta’zieh is a theatrical genre in which the epics about Ashura are conveyed through music and dramatic narration and originally performed outdoors in public places.



In Ashura,  mosques as well as people serve free meals which is called “NAZRI”. Don’t hesitate to ask for NAZRI and try it!


Ashura Virtual Tour

To experience Ashura event using our recent 360 degree video, Click Video 360 located under the media area , Wait for the video to be loaded (Please note that 360 videos are taking longer time to be loaded), Click "play", Click the video area, Use the arrow keys or drag the mouse or just move your smart phone (gyroscope needs to be activated) to start your adventure!.

To experience virtual reality, press "Enter VR" (This option is available only in compatible devices). To configure your virtual reality viewer, press "VR Setup".
PersiaPort virtual reality is configurable with most VR viewers including Google Cardboard and Homido.
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