Hosseini infancy conference

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In the Hosseini infancy conference, babies wear green or white clothing like that of Ali al-Asghar ibn Husayn and have a headband with his name on it.

The Hosseini infancy conference (Persian: همایش شیرخوارگان حسینی) is a mourning custom of the Day of Ashura. It is held on the first Friday of Muharram in the Islamic calendar to commemorate the memory of Ali al-Asghar ibn Husayn, the six-month-old baby boy of Husayn ibn Ali and Umm Rubab, [1] [2] who was the youngest person killed in Battle of Karbala.


Aim of the conference

Baby in his mother's arms in Hosseini infancy conference in Iran

According to the report of Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, the aim of holding of the Hosseini infancy conference is to promote the teaching of Ashura. [3]

Time and place

The first conference was held in 2003, after that in every year mourners congregate on the first Friday of Muharram in nationwide of Iran and 43 other countries including Iraq, Pakistan, Bahrain, India, and Turkey. [3]

The 2018 Hosseini infancy conference is being held in Musalla, Tehran and other cities such as Mashhad, [4] [5] Alborz, [6] Khorramabad, [7] and Qom in Jamkaran mosque. [8]


At the conference, mothers dress her babies by special green and white clothes, which is said to resemble the clothing of Ali al-Asghar ibn Husayn. Babies wear a headband that the name of Ali al-Asghar ibn Husayn is written on it. [3]


Each first Friday of Muharram in Iran and other countries, mothers and their babies receive Alavi's green gown and scarf and the forehead band of Ya Sahebazzaman upon their arrival in the conference. They will then mourn Ali Asghar's infant death at Karbala. In 2003, the first ceremony was held in Tehran. Other cities of Iran and other countries have been holding the ceremony ever since. [9] [10]


The ceremony is held in these countries:

In the Gregorian calendar

The following table shows predicted dates and announced dates based on the calendar of Iran which celebrated the conference for the first time. [3]

Dates of first Friday in Muharram
Solar Hijri yearGregorian date
139622 September 2017 [11]
139714 September 2018 [12]

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