The holy city of Karbala receives the month of Muharram with black banners

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Mournful atmosphere covers the holy city of Karbala as the lovers of Ahl al-Bayt are flocking from all around the world to mark the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein, peace be upon him.

Tonight, the red banners of Imam Hussein Holy Shrine and his brother al-Abbas, peace be upon them, are replaced with the black banners of sorrow for the beginning of the month of grief, Muharram. 

An annual tradition in the holy city of Karbala where all lights are turned off during the banner replacement ceremonies.