It’s also a day of mourning to remember Hussein ibn Ali for Shia muslims. He was the grandson of Islamic prophet Muhammad who was martyred in the Battle of Karbala. The day is punctuated by morning rituals as well as plays to re-enact the martyrdom.
But when i was asked to cover the event, i hadn’t managed to get hold of a press pass. Access is everything in photography; without access, there are no photos.