Tehran Museum Holds Muharram Rituals

Monday, September 30, 2019 - 09:52

Muharram rituals, which were held during Qajar era (1789–1925), have been held at Glass and Ceramic Museum of Tehran.

According to an ISCA report, the Glass and Ceramic Museum of Tehran held Muharram rituals in order to help safeguard and preserve [the memory of] Muharram rituals that was observed during Qajar in Tekyeh Dowlat as one of the main centers for the mourning ceremonies [of Tasua and Ashura] and one of icons of ancient Tehran.

Being completed in 1868 by the order of Naser al-Din Shah Qajar, Tekyeh Dowlat, literally meaning “State Theater”, was one of the most famous of all the ta’zieh (Passion Play) performance spaces in the country. It has a capacity for more than 4,000 people.

During Muharram, a part from mosques, each neighborhood sets up its own establishment for the ceremonial processions of the month known as Tekyeh (or Tekkiyeh), which are venues for gathering of mourners known as ‘heyat’ (literally meaning group or delegation) who honor the life of Imam Hussein (AS).

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