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Eid Al-Adha 2014: Photos Of The Muslim 'Feast Of Sacrifice' Around The World

Eid al-Adha is the Festival of Sacrifice, one of two feast festivals celebrated in Islam. In 2014, the holiday fell on October 4, 2014 with observances lasting for several days.

The feast fell within the time of hajj, the annual pilgrimage Muslims are expected to go on at least once in their lifetime. Eid commemorates the willingness of Ibrahim, or Abraham, to sacrifice his son in the Biblical story. Some Muslims observe the day by slaughtering a sheep, cow or other livestock animal.

Take a look at the ways Muslims around the world observed Eid al-Adha:

  • In this photo taken on Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, Muslims perform a morning prayer marking the Eid al-Adha holiday on a street in
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    In this photo taken on Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, Muslims perform a morning prayer marking the Eid al-Adha holiday on a street in Bali, Indonesia.
  • A Kashmiri Muslim man stretches his arms as he prays during Eid al-Adha in Srinagar, India, Monday, Oct. 6, 2014.
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    A Kashmiri Muslim man stretches his arms as he prays during Eid al-Adha in Srinagar, India, Monday, Oct. 6, 2014.
  • Supporters of Pakistani Muslim cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri get ready to slaughter a cow on the occasion of the Eid al-Adha, or "Fea
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    Supporters of Pakistani Muslim cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri get ready to slaughter a cow on the occasion of the Eid al-Adha, or "Feast of Sacrifice," outside a parliament building, where anti-government protesters are camped, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, Oct. 6, 2014.
  • An Indian Muslim boy offers prayers during Eid al-Adha inside the Vasi Ullah mosque in Allahabad, India, Monday, Oct. 6, 2014
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    An Indian Muslim boy offers prayers during Eid al-Adha inside the Vasi Ullah mosque in Allahabad, India, Monday, Oct. 6, 2014.
  • Indian Muslims offer prayers during Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of the Sacrifice, at the Taj Mahal monument in Agra, India, Mon
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    Indian Muslims offer prayers during Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of the Sacrifice, at the Taj Mahal monument in Agra, India, Monday, Oct. 6, 2014.
  • NEW DELHI, INDIA - OCTOBER 6: Indian Muslims offering prayer at Fatehpuri Masjid on the occasion Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of
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    NEW DELHI, INDIA - OCTOBER 6: Indian Muslims offering prayer at Fatehpuri Masjid on the occasion Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of the Sacrifice on October 6, 2014 in New Delhi, India.
  • NEW DELHI, INDIA - OCTOBER 6: Indian Muslims offering prayer at Fatehpuri Masjid on the occasion Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of
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    NEW DELHI, INDIA - OCTOBER 6: Indian Muslims offering prayer at Fatehpuri Masjid on the occasion Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of the Sacrifice on October 6, 2014 in New Delhi, India.
  • Supporters of Pakistani Muslim cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri, who are camped outside a parliament building, celebrate Eid al-Adha, or
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    Supporters of Pakistani Muslim cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri, who are camped outside a parliament building, celebrate Eid al-Adha, or "Feast of Sacrifice," in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, Oct. 6, 2014.
  • NEW DELHI, INDIA - OCTOBER 6: Indian Muslims offering prayer at Jama Masjid on the occasion Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of the
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    NEW DELHI, INDIA - OCTOBER 6: Indian Muslims offering prayer at Jama Masjid on the occasion Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of the Sacrifice on October 6, 2014 in New Delhi, India.
  • NEW DELHI, INDIA - OCTOBER 6: Indian Muslims offering prayer at Jama Masjid on the occasion Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of the
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    NEW DELHI, INDIA - OCTOBER 6: Indian Muslims offering prayer at Jama Masjid on the occasion Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of the Sacrifice on October 6, 2014 in New Delhi, India.
  • An Iraqi Army soldier searches a woman's bag amid tight security during Eid al-Adha celebrations in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Oc
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    An Iraqi Army soldier searches a woman's bag amid tight security during Eid al-Adha celebrations in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Oct. 6, 2014.
  • A Pakistani vendor sleeps on a bed along a street next to his sheep, on the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, or Feast of Sacrif
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    A Pakistani vendor sleeps on a bed along a street next to his sheep, on the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, or Feast of Sacrifice, on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, at dawn, Monday, Oct. 6, 2014.
  • Iraqis take a ride at an amusement park during Eid al-Adha celebrations in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Oct. 6, 2014.
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    Iraqis take a ride at an amusement park during Eid al-Adha celebrations in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Oct. 6, 2014.
  • In this photo taken on Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, Muslim women take a selfie before a morning prayer marking the Eid al-Adha holid
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    In this photo taken on Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, Muslim women take a selfie before a morning prayer marking the Eid al-Adha holiday on a street in Jakarta, Indonesia.
  • Indian Muslims offer prayers during Eid al-Adha at the Vasi Ullah mosque in Allahabad, India, Monday, Oct. 6, 2014.
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    Indian Muslims offer prayers during Eid al-Adha at the Vasi Ullah mosque in Allahabad, India, Monday, Oct. 6, 2014.
  • Bangladeshi Muslims under a makeshift tent as they arrive to attend morning prayers for Eid al-Adha in Mymensingh, on the out
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    Bangladeshi Muslims under a makeshift tent as they arrive to attend morning prayers for Eid al-Adha in Mymensingh, on the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh, Monday, Oct. 6, 2014.
  • In this photo taken on Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, a boy walks with a sheep after buying it from a market ahead of the Muslim festi
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    In this photo taken on Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, a boy walks with a sheep after buying it from a market ahead of the Muslim festival Eid al-Adha, in Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir.
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