Eid Ul Adha: Muslims Around The World Celebrate The Feast Of Sacrifice

The 'Feast of Sacrifice'

12/09/2016 16:02 | Updated 12 September 2016

Muslims worldwide are celebrating the first day of Eid al-Adha, or the “Feast of Sacrifice.”

The event is an important Islamic holiday and commemorates the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim — also known as Abraham to Christians and Jews — to sacrifice his son before God stayed his hand.

During the holiday, which ends on Thursday, Muslims slaughter livestock, distributing part of the meat to the poor.

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    Indonesian muslims gather to perform prayer at Parangkusumo Beach on September 12, 2016 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia
    Egyptians take part in Eid Al-Adha prayers at the al-Seddik Mosque in Cairo, 12 September, 2016
    A trader pushes his goat past an idol of elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesha as he takes it to sell ahead of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha in Bangalore, India, 12 September, 2016
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    Members of the Muslim community perform Eid al-Adha prayer at Piazza Vittorio square, in Rome's Esquilino multi-ethnic quarte on 12 September 
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    Palestinian Muslims pray to mark the first day of Eid al-Adha in Gaza City, 12 September 
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    Chechen Muslims pray in a mosque during the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha in Chechen regional capital of Grozny, Russia, Monday, 12 September, 2016
    Filipino Muslims gather at the Blue Mosque to mark Eid al-Adha on 12 September, 2016 
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    Handlers of a decorated bull wait for customers at the animal market ahead of the Eid al-Adha festival in Peshawar, Pakistan 12 September 
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    An Indonesian Muslim slaughters a cow during celebrations for Eid al-Adha at Al-Amna mosque on 12 September in Yogyakarta, Indonesia
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    A man carries raisins outside his shop in the old market, ahead of the Eid Al-Adha festival, in the historic city of Sanaa, Yemen 11 September 
    Kosovar children pray during Eid al-Adha prayers outside Sultan Mehmet Fatih mosque in capital Pristina, 12 September 
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    A Muslim pilgrims shaves his hair after throwing pebbles at pillars during the 'Jamarat' ritual, the stoning of Satan, in Mina near the holy city of Mecca, on 12 September 
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    Muslims perform Eid Al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) prayer at Brazil Mosque in Sao Paulo, Brazil on 12 September 
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    Muslims perform Eid Al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) prayer at Brazil Mosque in Sao Paulo, Brazil on 12 September 

The holiday begins on the 10th day of the Islamic lunar month of Dhul-Hijja, during the hajj pilgrimage.

On Monday in Saudi Arabia, close to two million pilgrims performed one of the final rites of the hajj by symbolically stoning the devil.


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