Iraqis gather for Eid al-Adha prayers

 

Iraq witnessed a joyous Eid al-Adha celebration as citizens came together for prayers and festivities. From busy city centers to smaller towns, mosques overflowed with worshippers marking the start of the holy holiday. Children also participated, learning how to pray. Eid al-Adha, a highlight of the Islamic calendar, transcended regional and social divides, uniting people across the nation.

Worshippers praying in the mosque

In the days leading up to the celebration, there is an emphasis on charity, encouraging people to help those who may struggle to afford the festivities. The streets become busier, as people carry sheep from the market, preparing for the sacrificial rites central to Eid.

On the day of Eid, families gather to spend quality time together. It is customary to give money to children, extending this generosity to neighbours as well. This practice reinforces the sense of community and shared joy.

Iraqis wearing traditional clothing

Eid al-Adha serves as a powerful reminder of the unifying power of faith and tradition, bringing Iraqis together in a shared experience of joy and spiritual renewal.

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