Iranians across the country celebrated the birth anniversary of Imam Mahdi (AS), the twelfth Shia Imam and grandson of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) on the 15th of Shaban, the eighth month in the Muslim lunar calendar.

Iran PressIran news:  One of the most important religious occasions among Shia Muslims is the 15th of the sixth Islamic month of Shaban which is the birthday of the Twelfth and last Shia Imam, Imam Mahdi. The occasion of Mid-Shaban is marked by devotion and celebration among Muslims, especially Shias.

The birthday ceremony of Imam Mahdi is Iran's biggest festival of lights and happiness across the country and all Shia Muslims celebrate the event and share their happiness.

Fireworks, illuminated streets and mass celebrations are among the main traditions in Iran when it comes to marking the birthday of the 12th Imam of Shia Muslims, Mahdi; the prophesied redeemer, who is believed to bring peace and justice to the world.

According to Shia teachings, he is the Savior, who will reappear on earth as per divine decree, establishing peace and ridding the world of injustice, discrimination, and other instances of evil.

The belief in Mahdi was widespread during the time of the Prophet. The Prophet (peace be upon him and his progeny) on more than one occasion announced the coming of Imam Mahdi in the future. From time to time he would inform the people about the government of Mahdi and the signs of his emergence, giving his name and patronymic (kunya).

Imam Mahdi (PBUH) was born on the 15th day of the month of Sha’ban on the lunar calendar around 1,200 years ago.

He is the Promised Saviour of mankind who will reappear as per Divine decree, establish peace and rid the world of injustice, discrimination, and other instances of evil.