They include the Shia-majority towns of Nubl and al-Zahraa in the suburbs of Aleppo in northern Syria.
The mourning programs begin on the first day of Muharram every year, with the people of the two towns holding the rituals with the motto of “Ma Ra’aytu Illa Jamila (I saw nothing but beauty). The phrase is what Hazrat Zaynab (SA) said about the Karbala uprising.
The participants in the mourning ceremonies use the opportunity to renew allegiance with the Ahl-ul-Bayt (AS) and oppose injustice and falsehood.
They hope that they will remain on the path of Imam Hussein (AS).
Muharram, which began on July 30, is the first month in the lunar Hijri calendar.
Shia Muslims, and others in different parts of the world, hold ceremonies every year in the month of Muharram to mourn the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein (AS) and his companions.
The third Shia Imam (AS) and a small group of his followers and family members were martyred by the tyrant of his time - Yazid Bin Muawiya, in the battle of Karbala on the tenth day of Muharram (known as Ashura) in the year 680 AD.
Nubl and al-Zahraa were under siege by terrorists for months during the Syrian civil foreign-backed militancy but the people of the two towns heroically resisted and remain steadfast until the siege was lifted in February 2016 as a result of a Syrian government attack on the terrorists.