Eid al-Adha 2016 in pictures: Muslims celebrate holy festival around the world
September 12, 2016, 11:00 pm
Afghan devotees greet each other after offering Eid-al-Adha prayers at the Shah-e Do Shamshira mosque in Kabul
Muslims around the world are celebrating Eid al-Adha, one of the two most important festivals in the faith’s calendar.
The holy day is also known as the Feast of Sacrifice and symbolises Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son’s life as a testament to the strength of his faith.
On Eid al-Adha, people greet each other wishing them 'Eid Mubarak' or a blessed Eid. Many believers will start the day with morning prayers, followed by spending time with relatives, neighbours and friends. Some worshippers will also slaughter an animal such as a sheep or goat to echo Ibrahim’s sacrifice.
A Palestinian girl attends the morning prayer of Eid al-Adha on September 12, 2016
An Afghan guard of honour looks out as others offer Eid-al-Adha prayers at the Hazrat-i- Ali shrine in Mazar-i Sharif on September 12
An Afghan boy feeds pigeons at the Hazrat-i- Ali shrine in Mazar-i Sharif on September 12, 2016
A Sri Lankan Muslim woman prays during Eid Al-Adha celebrations at the Galle Face esplanade in Colombo on September 12, 2016.
Men pray outdoors in Lagos, Nigeria on 12 September
Members of an Afghan guard of honour greet each other after offering Eid-al-Adha prayers at the Hazrat-i- Ali shrine in Mazar-i Sharif on September 12, 2016
A celebratory fireworks display on September 11, 2016 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
It is estimated that 1.6 billion people worldwide are Muslim.
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