votive \ ˈvō-tiv \
Offered or performed in fulfillment of a vow or in gratitude or devotion.
In Iran the act of giving out votives, is more customary among women. And it usually is done in manners such as throwing parties on some specific days that women gather around a table of food and pray to the God and the Imams and ask them to grant them their wish.
One of the most exceptional times for giving out votives, is the month of Muhharam. During this month, all around the world, many Muslims give out enormous amounts of votives. Most of them are food which is cooked and handed out to mourners of the late Imam Hussain.
This year I photographed my friend's , preparing and handing out votive cups of chocolate milk. My main objective is to showcase this ancient tradition, in a modern age.
The tradition of giving out votive bread, drinks, dates, hot milk and soup dates back to the Safavids dynasty (15th century).