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Muslims celebrate Eid-al-Adha and final days of hajj in Saudi Arabia

Updated : 2019-08-12 07:41:43

Around 2.5 million pilgrims took part in a symbolic stoning of the devil on Saturday, marking the final days of the hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia and the start of the Eid al-Adha celebrations for Muslims around the world. To mark the completion of the hajj, male pilgrims shave their hair and women trim theirs to represent a spiritual renewal and rebirth. Male pilgrims will also remove the white terrycloth garments worn on the hajj and return to their usual attire. The five-day hajj pilgrimage is required of all Muslims once in their lifetime if they are financially and physically able to make the journey. Muslims around the world commemorate the end of hajj with Eid celebrations, including distributing meat to the poor. President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday greeted citizens on the occasion of Eid, which falls on Monday, saying the festival symbolizes love and service to humanity. In a message, the President said: "On the occasion of Idu'l Zuha, I offer my greetings and good wishes to all fellow citizens, especially our Muslim brothers and sisters in India and abroad. (With inputs from IANS)

Muslim pilgrims walk to take part in the symbolic stoning of the devil, the last rite of the annual hajj, and the first day of Eid al-Adha, in Mina near the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
Muslim pilgrims walk to take part in the symbolic stoning of the devil, the last rite of the annual hajj, and the first day of Eid al-Adha, in Mina near the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
Muslim pilgrims pray after they cast stones at a pillar symbolizing the stoning of Satan, in a ritual called
Muslim pilgrims pray after they cast stones at a pillar symbolizing the stoning of Satan, in a ritual called "Jamarat," the last rite of the annual hajj, on the first day of Eid al-Adha, in Mina near the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
Muslim pilgrims line up as they wait to shave their heads for free after they cast stones at a pillar symbolizing the stoning of Satan, in a ritual called
Muslim pilgrims line up as they wait to shave their heads for free after they cast stones at a pillar symbolizing the stoning of Satan, in a ritual called "Jamarat," the last rite of the annual hajj, on the first day of Eid al-Adha, in Mina near the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
Muslim pilgrim walk after they cast stones at a pillar symbolizing the stoning of Satan, in a ritual called
Muslim pilgrim walk after they cast stones at a pillar symbolizing the stoning of Satan, in a ritual called "Jamarat," the last rite of the annual hajj, on the first day of Eid al-Adha, in Mina near the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
Muslim pilgrims cast stones at a pillar symbolizing the stoning of Satan, in a ritual called
Muslim pilgrims cast stones at a pillar symbolizing the stoning of Satan, in a ritual called "Jamarat," the last rite of the annual hajj, on the first day of Eid al-Adha, in Mina near the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
A Chechen Muslim boy pats a sheep chosen for sacrifice during the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha in Chechen regional capital of Grozny, Russia, Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019. During the holiday, which in most places lasts four days, Muslims slaughter sheep or cattle, distribute part of the meat to the poor and eat the rest. (AP Photo/Musa Sadulayev)
A Chechen Muslim boy pats a sheep chosen for sacrifice during the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha in Chechen regional capital of Grozny, Russia, Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019. During the holiday, which in most places lasts four days, Muslims slaughter sheep or cattle, distribute part of the meat to the poor and eat the rest. (AP Photo/Musa Sadulayev)
A Chechen Muslim chooses a sheep for sacrifice during the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha in Chechen regional capital of Grozny, Russia, Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Musa Sadulayev)
A Chechen Muslim chooses a sheep for sacrifice during the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha in Chechen regional capital of Grozny, Russia, Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Musa Sadulayev)
Muslim women exit a mosque after attending Eid al-Adha, or Feast of Sacrifice, prayers in Lagos, Nigeria, Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)
Muslim women exit a mosque after attending Eid al-Adha, or Feast of Sacrifice, prayers in Lagos, Nigeria, Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)
Palestinian Muslims pray to mark the first day of Eid al-Adha, in Gaza City, Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Palestinian Muslims pray to mark the first day of Eid al-Adha, in Gaza City, Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian President Bashar Assad, third from right, prays on the first day of the Eid al-Adha, at Afram Mosque in Damascus, Syria, Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019. State news agency SANA showed Assad attending the payers early Sunday at Afram Mosque along with top officials including the prime minister and the country's grand mufti. (SANA via AP)
In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian President Bashar Assad, third from right, prays on the first day of the Eid al-Adha, at Afram Mosque in Damascus, Syria, Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019. State news agency SANA showed Assad attending the payers early Sunday at Afram Mosque along with top officials including the prime minister and the country's grand mufti. (SANA via AP)
Palestinians celebrate the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha.in front of the Dome of the Rock shrine in Jerusalem, Sunday, Aug 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)
Palestinians celebrate the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha.in front of the Dome of the Rock shrine in Jerusalem, Sunday, Aug 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)
Girls gesture after getting henna decorations on their hands on the eve of Eid al Adha, in Jammu, India, Sunday, Aug.11, 2019. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
Girls gesture after getting henna decorations on their hands on the eve of Eid al Adha, in Jammu, India, Sunday, Aug.11, 2019. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
People shop at a market on the eve of Eid al Adha, in Jammu, India, Sunday, Aug.11, 2019. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
People shop at a market on the eve of Eid al Adha, in Jammu, India, Sunday, Aug.11, 2019. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
Indian Muslim women participate in a special prayer ahead of Eid al-Adha at the Qutub-e-Alam Mosque in Ahmadabad, India, Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)
Indian Muslim women participate in a special prayer ahead of Eid al-Adha at the Qutub-e-Alam Mosque in Ahmadabad, India, Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)
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