The Shiite world is mourning the martyrdom of the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad these days.
These ceremonies come to their peak on Saturday which coincides with Ashura [the day the third Shiite Imam fell on battlefield as he led an uprising to promote justice].
Different Shiite groups use different ways to mourn the martyrdom of Imam Hussein.
The following images have been released by IRNA news agency of ceremonies on the eve of Ashura in Abyaneh in central Iran. In this small village in Isfahan Province, mourners keep tapping two wooden pieces together as those who have recently lost loved ones hand out votive food.