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Eid al-Adha celebrated around the world

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By Euronews
Eid al-Adha celebrated around the world

Muslims around the world celebrate one of the most important festivals of the Islamic calendar on Monday (September 12): Eid al-Adha.

It comes as the annual Hajj pilgrimage to the city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia draws to a close.

Stoning of the devil
Thousands of pilgrims partake in the stoning of the devil ritual in the Saudi city of Mina. It symbolises the rejection of Satan’s temptations.

Palestinian prayers
Several hundred worshippers attended a mass prayer in Jerusalem’s compound known as al-Haram al-Sharif, or Noble Sanctuary.

The Palestinian president took part in prayers in Ramallah and laid a wreath at the grave of former leader Yasser Arafat.

A peace deal with one of the country’s most notorious warlords is close to being concluded in Afganistan. The country’s president said it offered hope for an end to decades of conflict.

Many celebrate Eid by slaughtering animals such as sheep and goats. It marks Prophet Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail on God’s command.

The meat is shared among family and friends and also donated to the poor.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has congratulated the country’s Muslims on the Eid al-Adha holiday, known in Russia as Kurban Bairam, that marks the end of the hajj pilgrimage, the Kremlin press service said.

The country’s prime minister Dmitry Medvedev also congratulated the Muslims of Russia, saying that the holiday “has a centuries-long history and is based on the Muslim traditions and is a symbol of unity, brotherhood and solidarity.”