The ritual of palm-turning in Sabzevar, according to the existence of palms that have a history of construction, dates back to about 500 years ago, ie to the 9th century AH.
The palm-carving ritual begins on the morning of Ashura at the same time as the sun rises, and at this time the women’s breasts and chains begin to move with the caravan of Imam Hussein (AS). At the beginning of the symbolic caravan, Imam Hussein (AS) and his companions ride on horses and in green clothes and in front of the caravan of Qamar Bani Hashem moves with their knowledge behind the ridges with camels and horses and behind them the armies of life on the floor of Imam Hussein ( AS) with spears and then the riders of Ashqia and the leaders and commanders of Yazid army move with long spears.
The palm consists of a wooden or iron frame covered with a simple black cloth on the palm with rugs, inscriptions and fabrics that women artists of the past, according to their vows, with elegance and belief in the names of the Imams. And Aba Abdullah crochets, gets covered and hangs on this palm, the door (bells) and someone inside, rings these bells while moving, the sound of these bells is reminiscent of the caravan camels It is Abu Abdullah Al-Hussein (AS).
Another person who rides on top of a palm tree is known as Chavosh and he recites poems related to Seyyed al-Shuhada and the epic of Ashura with a happy voice and people send them around Salawat.
Each person under the palm has an alternative, and people carry the palm with special vests, and while moving when they feel tired, they give their place to the other by saying “Ya Allah”.
The size of the palm varies depending on the size of the city or village and is restored every year according to their age. The largest palm in Mazinan Palm city is one of the functions of Sabzevar arbitrator district, which accommodates up to 80 people under the palm.
Hosseini mourners carry the palm with faith, honestly and with tears, and rotate the palm in holy places and between mourning processions.