Yesterday, it was the Eid al-Adha. The festival of sacrifice. The “great feast”, as it is also called when we say Eid el-Kebir. It is the most important feast of the Muslim calendar, not to be confused with Eid al-Fitr, the “small feast” that marks the breaking of the fast of the month of Ramadan. And since the festival is beautiful, here are some of the most beautiful photos taken during these celebrations which, each year, go far beyond the borders of the Arab world.
Wherever the sanitary conditions allow it, the faithful traditionally gather to pray together, as here in Istanbul, at the foot of the mythical Hagia Sophia :
Or here, in this aerial view taken in Tirana, the capital of Albania :
Unfortunately, there are also places where the virus is still very present, and where all the streets were deserted, as here in Muscat, the Omani capital:
It is a festival that children love, probably because it is an opportunity to decorate themselves, like this little girl in Kenya:
Or maybe because it’s an opportunity to get together, like here in Damascus :
or simply to spend privileged moments in family, as these Palestinians do, just in front of the golden dome of the Al Aqsa mosque
or here, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where the Muslim community gathered in a stadium to meditate
Food is at the heart of many religious celebrations. Eid al-Adha is no exception. In Indonesia, worshippers divide up portions of meat for distribution.
In Nablus, Palestine, a woman puts the finishing touches on her batch of pastries…
… imitated, on a larger scale, by this Syrian vendor in Damascus.
And in the end, would a party really be one without fireworks? The answer from the Emirates could not be clearer…
Happy Eid holiday to all! 🙏