Hajj: Today Is Arafat Day

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Muslim pilgrims circle counterclockwise the cube-shaped structure (Kaaba) that Muslims around the world face in prayer five times a day, in the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca.

Pilgrims in their hundreds of thousands thronged Mount Arafat, near the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia from early morning for the climax of the annual hajj pilgrimage, arriving on foot, by train or in vehicles.

Eid al-Adha is the Muslim feast of sacrifice which marks the end of the Hajj pilgrimage.

Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam and Eid al-Adha is celebrated in remembrance of Abraham’s readiness to sacrifice his son to Allah.

Cows, camels, goats and sheep are traditionally slaughtered on this holy day.

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