Hazrat Ali Mazar
The Hazrat Ali Mazar (Pashto/Dari: حضرت علی مزار) is a mosque located in Balkh Province, Afghanistan, that has a tomb attributed to the fourth Islamic caliph, Ali. It is an important pilgrimage site for Shia Muslims, and is also honoured by Sunni Muslims, who pay tribute to Ali's shrine annually. The current mosque is considered a masterpiece of the Timurid Renaissance.
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The site of the mosque is also where many pilgrims celebrate the Iranian/Zoroastrian new year, Nowruz. At the yearly Jahenda Bala ceremony, a holy flag is raised in honour of Ali; Muslim pilgrims often touch the flag for good luck in the coming year.