Celebrating Eid al-Adha from Novosibirsk to Moscow

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On October 15, Muslims observe the Feast of the Sacrifice, widely known in Russia as Kurban Bairam.Special prayers are held, and animals - often sheep - are sacrificed.

On October 15, Muslims observe the Feast of the Sacrifice, widely known in Russia as Kurban Bairam.Special prayers are held, and animals - often sheep - are sacrificed.

© RIA Novosti . Ilya Pitalev / Go to the mediabankOn October 15, hundreds of Muslims gathered near Moscow’s Cathedral Mosque for special prayers.
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On October 15, hundreds of Muslims gathered near Moscow’s Cathedral Mosque for special prayers.
© RIA Novosti . Ramil Sitdikov / Go to the mediabankPrayers were also held at the Historical Mosque on Bolshaya Tatarskaya Street, at the Memorial Mosque on Poklonnaya Hill, and at the Yardyam and Inam mosques in the Russian capital's Otradnoye District.
Pictured: Muslims at Kurban Bairam prayers at Moscow’s Cathederal Mosque.
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Prayers were also held at the Historical Mosque on Bolshaya Tatarskaya Street, at the Memorial Mosque on Poklonnaya Hill, and at the Yardyam and Inam mosques in the Russian capital's Otradnoye District.
Pictured: Muslims at Kurban Bairam prayers at Moscow’s Cathederal Mosque.
© RIA Novosti . Ilya Pitalev / Go to the mediabankPictured: Muslims at Kurban Bairam prayers at Moscow’s Cathederal Mosque.
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Pictured: Muslims at Kurban Bairam prayers at Moscow’s Cathederal Mosque.
© RIA Novosti . Alexey Danichev / Go to the mediabankRussian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Muslims on Kurban Bairam, saying it has “a deep spiritual significance” and Prime Minister Medvedev stressed the importance of inter-faith and interethnic harmony.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Muslims on Kurban Bairam, saying it has “a deep spiritual significance” and Prime Minister Medvedev stressed the importance of inter-faith and interethnic harmony.
© RIA Novosti . Gregory SysoevKurban Bairam marks the end of the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, or Hajj, which every Muslim is encouraged to perform at least once, if they can afford it.
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Kurban Bairam marks the end of the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, or Hajj, which every Muslim is encouraged to perform at least once, if they can afford it.
© RIA Novosti . Alexander Kriazhev / Go to the mediabankEid al-Adha prayers were held in Novosibirsk's four mosques.
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Eid al-Adha prayers were held in Novosibirsk's four mosques.
© RIA Novosti . Alexander KriazhevThis year, 66 people from Novosibirsk completed the Hajj.
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This year, 66 people from Novosibirsk completed the Hajj.
© RIA Novosti . Alexander KriazhevEid al-Adha prayers in Novosibirsk.
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Eid al-Adha prayers in Novosibirsk.
© RIA Novosti . Alexey MalgavkoIn Omsk, local farmers supplied Muslims with animals for sacrifice.
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In Omsk, local farmers supplied Muslims with animals for sacrifice.
© RIA Novosti . Alexander KriazhevAnimals were sacrificed at specially designated sites in the Novosibirsk Region.
Pictured:Sheep in Novosibirsk
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Animals were sacrificed at specially designated sites in the Novosibirsk Region.
Pictured:Sheep in Novosibirsk
© RIA Novosti . Alexey MalgavkoDuring Kurban Bairam, Muslims perform a ritual morning prayer, put on their best clothes, prepare traditional national dishes, and spend time with neighbors, relatives, and friends.
Pictured: Prayers at Kurban Bairam in Omsk.
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During Kurban Bairam, Muslims perform a ritual morning prayer, put on their best clothes, prepare traditional national dishes, and spend time with neighbors, relatives, and friends.
Pictured: Prayers at Kurban Bairam in Omsk.
© RIA Novosti . Valery MelnikovEid al-Adha is also celebrated in Chechnya.
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Eid al-Adha is also celebrated in Chechnya.
© RIA Novosti . Valery MelnikovSheep being selected for Kurban Bairam in Chechnya.
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Sheep being selected for Kurban Bairam in Chechnya.
© RIA Novosti . Valery MelnikovA sheep during Kurban Bairam, Chechnya.
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A sheep during Kurban Bairam, Chechnya.
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