In pictures: Eid Al Adha celebrated across the world

The annual festival marks the end of the haj pilgrimage in Mecca



Members of the Muslim community perform Eid al-Adha prayer in Palermo, Rome, Italy.

Muslims across the world are celebrating Eid Al-Adha, or the Festival of Sacrifice, which marks the end of the haj pilgrimae in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

The festival commemorates Prophet Abraham’s readiness to sacrifice his son to show obedience to God.

Muslim devotees perform the morning Eid al-Adha prayer at a mosque in the Iraqi city of Basra.
Muslim devotees perform the morning Eid al-Adha prayer at a mosque in the Iraqi city of Basra.
Muslim Libyan men perform the morning Eid al-Adha prayer on Martyrs' square in the capital Tripoli.
Muslim Libyan men perform the morning Eid al-Adha prayer on Martyrs’ square in the capital Tripoli.
Muslims attend a morning prayer to mark Eid al-Adha in Moscow.
Muslims attend a morning prayer to mark Eid al-Adha in Moscow.
The prayer of the local Muslim community during the Eid al-Adha in Turin, Italy at Parco Dora (Dora Park).
The prayer of the local Muslim community during the Eid al-Adha in Turin, Italy at Parco Dora (Dora Park).
Iranian children reenact some parts of the haj pilgrimage, as Iranians marked the Eid Al-Adha Islamic tradition with the slaughter of hundreds of sheep at the Kahrizak Charity Foundation in Tehran.
Iranian children reenact some parts of the haj pilgrimage, as Iranians marked the Eid Al-Adha Islamic tradition with the slaughter of hundreds of sheep at the Kahrizak Charity Foundation in Tehran.
Muslim children distribute chocolates at the end of the morning Eid al-Adha prayer outside a mosque in the Omani capital Muscat.
Muslim children distribute chocolates at the end of the morning Eid al-Adha prayer outside a mosque in the Omani capital Muscat.
A Palestinian man plays with a kid outside the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque compound following Eid prayers.
A Palestinian man plays with a kid outside the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound following Eid prayers.
A boy plays with a sacrificial goat at a livestock market ahead of the Eid al-Adha celebrations in Noida, India.
A boy plays with a sacrificial goat at a livestock market ahead of the Eid al-Adha celebrations in Noida, India.
Muslim women with the same colors of Hijab, exchange conversations during the Eid Al Adha celebrations in Quirino Grandstand grounds in the Philippines.
Muslim women with the same colors of Hijab, exchange conversations during the Eid Al Adha celebrations in Quirino Grandstand grounds in the Philippines.
An Afghan boy feeds pigeons at the Hazrat-i- Ali shrine in Mazar-i Sharif ahead of Eid prayers.
An Afghan boy feeds pigeons at the Hazrat-i- Ali shrine in Mazar-i Sharif ahead of Eid prayers.
Members of the Muslim community perform Eid al-Adha prayer in Palermo, Rome, Italy.
Members of the Muslim community perform Eid al-Adha prayer in Palermo, Rome, Italy.
Muslims pray together at Zahra square in Juba, Sudan, to commemorate Eid Al Adha.
Muslims pray together at Zahra square in Juba, Sudan, to commemorate Eid Al Adha.
A general view of a fireworks display in Dubai, UAE as part of Eid celebrations.
A general view of a fireworks display in Dubai, UAE as part of Eid celebrations.

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