Saudi Arabia has barred international visitors to Mecca – and for some, the missed chance is heartbreaking.
Muslims around the world will be celebrating Eid al-Adha, which marks the end of the Hajj pilgrimage. It is one of the holiest days in the Islamic calendar, which celebrates sacrifice. Animals are slaughtered and the meat shared among friends, family and the needy.
The first Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca ever made by a senior UK diplomat
It's not the Muslim Hajj, or the Hindu Kumbh Mela.. Known as Arbaeen, it is the world's most populous gathering and you've probably never heard of it!