October 29, Public Bank Holiday in Iran for Imam Reza (ع)
People in Iran are commemorating the martyrdom anniversary of the eighth Shia Imam, Ali ibn Musa al-Reza (Peace be upon Him).
That marks 29th of October 2019 the official bank holiday in the country where offices and banks close for the day.
Every year, Iranians hold mourning processions in all cities and towns across the country to pay tribute to Imam Reza, who was martyred after being poisoned by the Abbasid Caliph Ma’mun in the year 818 AD.
In the days leading up to the occasions, caravans of pilgrims begin a journey on foot to Iran’s northeastern city of Mashhad, which is home to Imam Reza’s holy shrine.