26/10/2012 12:21 BST | Updated 26/10/2012 13:38 BST

Eid al-Adha Celebrated By Millions Across The World (PICTURES)

Friday marks the beginning of an important three-day holiday for Muslims across the world with millions across the world joining together to pray, worship and celebrate.

Eid al-Adha, translating to the 'festival of sacrifice', commemorates the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ismail to Allah - a similar tale to that of Abraham and his son Isaac, found in the Torah and the Bible.

It has been reported that close to three million Muslims will mark the occasion with a pilgrimage to Mecca, called the Hajj, while millions more across the world celebrate with prayers, feasting, and visiting with family and friends.

There are also ritual slaughters of sheep, symbolising the ram Allah allowed Ibrahim to kill rather than his own son.

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Thousands of Muslims on the Hajj in Mecca

The congregation of three million in Mecca will be the largest single gathering of people across the world this year.

Elsewhere, in war-torn Syria, a four-day ceasefire has come into effect to allow Muslims to observe the holiday in peace.

However, in Afghanistan, as President Hamis Karzai calls for peace, at least 40 have been killed by a suicide bomb in the north of the country.

You can see some incredible pictures of Eid al-Adha across the world below

WARNING: Contains graphic images of animal slaughter