With the blessings of Imam Mahdi (may God hasten his reappearance) and according to approximate statistics, more than 5 million pilgrims has completed their rituals of the Mid-Sha'ban visitation witnessed by the holy city of Karbala on Saturday night and Sunday, 15 Shaban 1432 AH, corresponding to July 17, 2011 AD.
Security, service, engineering, regulatory, guidance and medical preparations of the secretariats of the two holy shrines in Karbala resulted in ending the Mid-Sha'ban 1432 H successfully and peacefully, as none of the pilgrims within the area under management of the holy shrine has injured. The best services provided for visitors within its potential available, with the support of the Department of Health in the holy city of Karbala and the security and services departments of the governments, central and local, with the participation of volunteers from the multiple provinces and employees of the Iraqi holy shrines. All of them strived to do the work of inspection and regulation to help the employees of the Department of the maintenance of order in Al-Abbas Holy Shrine to complete their work, meanwhile many other volunteers from some provinces and even from the provinces of the Kurdistan provided help to Department of Service Affairs to service and maintain order in the holy shrines, in addition to many volunteers came to Imam Hussein Holy Shrine from several Iraqi cities.
The crowds of lovers of Ahl al-Bayt peace be upon them started flocking to the city of Imam Hussein (peace be upon him) since a few days preceding the day of the visit, culminating on Saturday 14 Shaban 1432 AH corresponding to Jul. 16, 2011 AD, until Fajr azan on Sunday. The Holy Shrines were crowded with worshipers and advocates, while passengers were not able to passers-by easily, because of overcrowding the yard between the Holy Shrines and the streets surrounding them with visitors. The city witnessed a state of readiness of processions, Husseiniya bodies and service establishments, which provided great services including the provision of (food, housing).
On the other hand Tourism and Traditions Committee announced in Karbala province that the number of Arab and foreign visitors who came to Karbala during Mid-sha'ban visitation exceeded 125 thousand, most of them are from Iran, Egypt, Lebanon, Pakistan, India, Canada, America and Europe. Whereas the visitors from Bahrain less than 100 visitors, while last more than 50 thousand visitors.
Shabab visitation is the second largest visit Karbala witnessed during the year, where the number of visitors during forty-visit of al Imam al Hussein AS, with 20 days was more than 15 million visitors, from Iraq also more than 55 countries in the world, so it is the largest events from several aspects, the number present in such a short time, the free service provided by the Iraqis for all those visitors like food, staying, other luxuries, treatment, and others. The presence of these gathering is through walk from large distances up to hundreds of kilometers, and other things that are unique to Karbala from other cities in the world.