Millions of Muslims around the world are celebrating the annual Eid al-Adha holiday, which coincides with the second day of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, the birthplace of Islam.
Eid al-Adha, or the "Feast of the Sacrifice", is one of the biggest events in the Muslim calendar, marking Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his own son as an act of obedience to God. At the last minute, God intervened, and gave Abraham a ram to sacrifice instead.
(Acehnese families take their own picture in front of Baiturrahman Grand Mosque during the Aid al Adha praying in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, 06 November.)
Traditionally, Muslims sacrifice an animal at Eid and share the meat with their families, neighbours, and people less fortunate than themselves.
On Saturday, vast crowds of pilgrims dressed in white to symbolise purity and equality under God - marked the beginning of the annual Hajj pilgrimage by climbing Mount Arafat, just outside the Saudi Arabian city of Mecca, where Islam's Prophet Muhammad delivered his farewell sermon.
(Acehnese muslims pray at Baiturrahman Grand Mosque during Eid al Adha in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, 06 November.)
The ascent of Arafat is the first event associated with the five-day Hajj, a time to seek forgiveness for one's sins and for individual meditation on the faith.
Hajj consists of a series of detailed rituals in Mina, Muzdalifa, Arafat and Mecca.
(Afghan Muslims offer Eid al-Adha prayers at a mosque in Herat, Afghanistan, 06 November.)
Saudi authorities say that an estimated 2.5 million pilgrims are expected to participate.
One of the five pillars of Islam, Hajj is a religious duty that must be carried out at least once by every able-bodied Muslim who can afford it.
(Bosnian Muslims gather in Sarajevo in front of the city''s main mosque for a prayer to mark the Muslim religious holidays of Eid aL-Adha, in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 06 November.)
This year's pilgrimage is unique as it is the first to happen since the Arab Spring began last year.
(Women, whose father who was killed in the recent clashes, react next to his grave in a cemetery during the Muslim festival of Eid al al-Adha in Sanaa November 6.)
(Muslims pray during the Kurban Bairam (Eid al-Adha) festival, with a poster displaying an Orthodox icon in the background, in Moscow, November 6.)
(Quake-hit Turkish city of Van)
(Turkish city of Bursa)
(The Kurman Ayt (Kurban Bairam or Eid al-Adha) festival in the capital Bishkek, November 6.)
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