The Martyrdom of Imam Reza, the eighth Shia Imam, is observed with somber ceremonies and pilgrimage to his shrine in Mashhad, Iran. Considered by Shias as a symbol of knowledge and tolerance, his death is traditionally attributed to poisoning by the Abbasid Caliph Al-Ma’mun. On this day, participants engage in poetry recitation and storytelling that eulogize Imam Reza’s virtues.
Tips for Travellers:
- On this day, the city of Mashhad will be crowded.
- Wear suitable attire, avoiding shorts or revealing tops. Black clothing is customary, signifying mourning, so visitors should dress in a conservative manner to display solidarity and respect.
For the specific date of this event and a full rundown of Iran’s public holidays, visit this link.