Waiting for the Ashura procession

Posted by
Franz (Baden, Austria) on 18 May 2018 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

Another view of yesterday's Amir Chakhmaq complex, with a tear-shaped wooden structure in the foreground. This is called a nakhl. A nakhl (Farsi for date palm) is used as a symbolic representation of Hussein ibn Ali's coffin. On the tenth day of Muharram, during the Ashura procession, the nakhl is covered in black velvet and carried from one place to another, resembling an Imam's funeral.
The Yazd nakhl is the biggest such structure, and for carrying it several hundred men are needed, as you will see tomorrow.

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sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

wow, what an enormous structure

18 May 2018 5:14am

Marie from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Beautiful framing and original architecture

18 May 2018 7:07am

Anna Cherer from LA ROCHELLE, France

Beautiful graphic structure and great angle of view !

18 May 2018 7:25am



18 May 2018 8:00am

Martine Libouton from Bousval, Belgium

Magnifique ta photo avec un très beau B&W

18 May 2018 9:07am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Superb image . When I was living in Morocco , Achoura was a child'celebration on the tenth of Muharram .( achara meaning ten ).

18 May 2018 10:17am

@Mhelene: Interesting info ... Ashura as a children's celebration? This is certainly different in Iran!

Marjolein from Westvoorne, Netherlands

Waaaauw .... what a story and building

18 May 2018 10:44am

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Superb angle of view and beautiful graphics!

18 May 2018 12:28pm

Tomek from PoznaƄ, Poland

Incredible architecture. Nice in b&w

18 May 2018 12:28pm

Existence Artistique from Angers, France

bel effet

18 May 2018 2:24pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

such beautiful angle, composition & lights!
A M A Z I N G !!!!

18 May 2018 4:49pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A super point of view on this large structure. It will be interesting to see it being carried.

18 May 2018 10:13pm

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

That is totally amazing! A fabulous image and such an interesting history and custom.

19 May 2018 1:59am

Denny Jump from Bellevue, WA, United States

Incredible!! Elaine is absolutely right ;-) Beautiful, Franz!!

19 May 2018 2:15am

Nina from Hamburg, Germany

ein sehr interessantes Foto, excellent in s/w

19 May 2018 5:50am

Darkelf Photography from Perth, Australia

Love the architectural and other detail in this photo Franz. I am looking forward to the photo showing the nakhl being carried around.

19 May 2018 8:31am

Devi from Chennai, India

excellent capture and informative wrireup...

20 May 2018 3:47pm