Egypt: Eid al-Adha
27 images Created 9 Dec 2008
Eid al-Adha, or the Festival of Sacrifice, is one of the major Islamic holidays that falls the day after the hajj, or the annual pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia. Across the world Muslims celebrate the holiday by sacrificing an animal, which is then shared with family, friends and others in the community. In Cairo, Egpyt, thousands of Muslims attend a prayer service early in the morning before heading home to prepare for the feast later in the day. Around the city, the slaughtering of animals, mostly sheep, goats and cows, becomes a public event outside butcher shops and homes.