Eid Al Adha: The World Prepares

The annual pilgrimage or Hajj to the Saudi holy city of Makkah 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 God. Cows, camels, goats and sheep are traditionally slaughtered on this holy day. 

A general view of the Hamidiyah market, where Syrians shop for clothes, shoes, candies and other celebratory items on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013 in the run-up to Eid al-Adha, or "feast of sacrifice." (AP)

A man sells Kibbeh, a traditional Allepian food, ahead of the upcoming Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday in Eastern Ghouta in Damascus October 13, 2013. (REUTERS)

Men make holiday sweets ahead of the upcoming Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday in Eastern Ghouta in Damascus October 13, 2013. (REUTERS)

A baker fills a box with cookies as Muslims prepare for Eid al-Adha, the Muslim feast of sacrifice which marks the end of the Hajj pilgrimage, in Damascus on October 13, 2013. (AFP)

Syrians shop for food stuff and new clothes as Muslims prepare for Eid al-Adha, the Muslim feast of sacrifice which marks the end of the Hajj pilgrimage, in Damascus on October 13, 2013. (AFP)

Syrians shop in preparation for Eid al-Adha or "Feast of the Sacrifice" in the covered market called Souq al-Hamidiyyah in cental Damascus on October 13, 2013. Eid al-Adha marks the end of the annual hajj or pilgrimage to Mecca and is celebrated in remembrance of Abraham's readiness to sacrifice his son to God. (AFP)

Volunteers from thr charity organisation Saaed make sweets for distribution to the needy as Muslims prepare for Eid al-Adha, the Muslim feast of sacrifice which marks the end of the Hajj pilgrimage, in Damascus on October 13, 2013. (AFP)

Volunteers from thr charity organisation Saaed make sweets for distribution to the needy as Muslims prepare for Eid al-Adha, the Muslim feast of sacrifice which marks the end of the Hajj pilgrimage, in Damascus on October 13, 2013. (AFP)

Syrians shop in preparation for Eid al-Adha or "Feast of the Sacrifice" in the covered market called Souq al-Hamidiyyah in cental Damascus on October 13, 2013. (AFP)

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