Special musical instruments, flags, banners, and equipment are annually used by Shiite Muslims in Iran and other countries during the lunar month of Muharram, when the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, a grandson of Prophet Muhammad, is mourned.

During the past few days, markets of Tehran and other cities of Iran have been filled with such instruments and equipment and packed with thousands of customers buying them for their mourning ceremonies.

The ceremonies to mark the occasion begin on the first day of Muharram and come to their peak on the 10th, which falls on September 10 this year.

The following photos by the Iranian Labour News Agency (ILNA) and the Azad News Agency (ANA) take you to a market where mourning instruments and other items used in the ceremonies are up for sale:

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