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PHOTOS: Bakri Id, the festival of sacrifice

Last updated on: October 17, 2013 13:17 IST
A Muslim woman with henna tattoos on her hands, attends a mass prayer for Eid al-Adha

Bakri Id was celebrated across the Muslim world on Wednesday with devotees offering special prayers in eidgahs and mosques and sacrificing animals.

The day marks the end of the Haj pilgrimage and serves as a day to remember the Islamic Prophet Ibrahim, and his willingness to sacrifice of his son, Ismail (Ishmael) as an act of submission to Allah, before Allah intervened and gave Ibrahim a lamb to slaughter in the place of his son. It is customary for Muslim families to honour Allah by sacrificing a sheep, cow or goat and sharing the meat amongst family members

Let's look at some glimses of the festival from India and around the world

WARNING: Images in Slide 9 and 11 may be disturbing for some. Viewer discretion is advised

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PHOTOS: Bakri Id, the festival of sacrifice

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Muslims offer Eid prayers at the Jama Masjid in Old Delhi

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A man is reflected in a mirror as he adjusts his beard after offering Eid prayers outside a mosque in Chandigarh.

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Nepali Muslims exchange greetings during Eid celebrations at the Kashmiri Takiya Jame mosque in Kathmandu

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Pakistani Muslims greet each other after attending a prayer session during the annual festival of Bakri Id in Lahore

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A member of an Islamic sect An-Nadzir shouts, "God is great" during an Eid mass prayer at Mawang Lake in Gowa regency, Indonesia's South Sulawesi Province

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A girl prays during Eid at a mosque in Koumassi, in the Ivorian capital Abidjan

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A girl offers prayers during a prayer session during the annual festival of Bakri Id in Guwahati, Assam

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An Indonesian Muslim slaughters goats as offering on Eid.

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A man sell taqiyah caps outside the National Mosque during Eid in Dhaka, Bangladesh

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A man slaughters a sheep after Eid prayers in Khartoum, Sudan

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