TEHRAN (IQNA) – The rituals of Sham-e Ghariban were held in cities across Iran on the evening of Ashura on Sunday.

Sham-e Ghariban (the Evening of Strangers) refers to the evening of Ashura, the 10th day of Muharram, in Persian literature and poetry.

On this night, Shias mourn and lament the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (AS) and the tribulations and tragedies that befell the Ahl-ul-Bayt (AS).

This commemoration takes place in every corner of Iran and in other countries in the world, and incudes special and unique rituals such as setting fire to symbolic tents - that represent the tents of the camp of Imam Hussein (AS) which were burned by the enemies on that night in 61/680-, lighting candles, and reciting elegies (Rawdha Khani) in memory of the events that took place on Ashura.