Iranian people from all walks of life celebrated the birthday anniversary of Imam Mahdi (PBUH), the 12th and last Imam of Shiite Muslims, on Sunday, April 21, 2019.
The occasion is one of the most important ones among Shiite Muslims, who have a strong devotion to Imam Mahdi (PBUH).
Imam Mahdi (PBUH) was born on the 15th day of the month of Shaban on the lunar calendar around 1,200 years ago.
He is known as the Savior among Shiites, who believe he will reappear on earth as per divine decree, establishing peace and ridding the world of injustice, discrimination, and other instances of evil.
Imam Mahdi (PBUH)s father, Imam Hassan al-Askari, would keep his birth and identity from the tyrants of the time, who had learned about the divine prophesy concerning Imam Mahdi. Their efforts and ill intention, however, failed to either come in the way of the Imams birth or harm him afterwards.
Shiite Muslims thus await the Imams reemergence, which is expected to transpire on a Friday, with enthusiasm.
To mark the Imams birthday, Iranians bedeck the streets, hang lights around villages, towns, and cities, attend festive events at mosques and religious centers, and distribute votive refreshments.
What follows are photos of the celebrations across Iran, including those of the people of Isfahan gifting flowers to foreign tourists on the occasion of Imam Mahdis birthday:
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