Arbaeen was celebrated in front of Mayflower Hotel in Washington DC on Sunday (March 2, 2008). One of the participants in this ritual told the photographer that permission to hold the ceremony could only be issued for the weekend. “Azaadaaraan e Hosseini” were mostly from Pakistan, Afghanistan and there a few Iranians. They smiled at the observers and as you see in Picture No.4 they tried to convince people that Muslims are nice and friendly. These pictures were taken in Connecticut ave north west, Washington, DC.