Muslims around the world are celebrating on Friday Eid al-Kabir, literally meaning the “great feast,” which is also called Eid al-Adha (meaning the “feast of sacrifice”).
The festival also corresponds to the end of pilgrimage to Mecca, the Hajj, which more than two million Muslims are attending this week.
Eid al-Adha is celebrated from the tenth day of the lunar month of dhou al hijja, and lasts three days.
It comes a day after pilgrims gathered at Mount Arafat on Thursday for a vigil to atone for their sins, then descended to Muzdalifa to prepare for the final stages of the annual hajj pilgrimage.
Pilgrims clad in white robes spent the previous night in an encampment at the hill where Islam holds that God tested Abraham’s faith by commanding him to sacrifice his son Ismail and where the Prophet Mohammad gave his last sermon.
The date of Eid al-Adha moves by about eleven days earlier each year, because the difference in the Gregorian and Hijri calendars.
Source: Al Arabiya