As the annual hajj ― or pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabi ― came to an end, Muslims across the globe started celebrating one of the two most important holidays of the Islamic calendar, Eid Al-Adha, on Monday.
In commemoration of Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son on God’s command, Muslims slaughter animals such as sheep, cows and goats for the occasion, sharing the meat with their families and donating portions to the poor.
Muslims often begin the first day of Eid with prayers, followed by a series of gatherings with extended families and loved ones. Children celebrate with new clothes and toys, and many adults donate to charities.
Scroll down for photos of this year’s Eid celebrations in cities around the world.
This piece originally appeared on HuffPost Algeria and has been translated into English.