Afghanistan: Worshippers pray, sacrifice animals for Eid al-Adha in Jalalabad

Hundreds of people celebrated Eid al-Adha in Jalalabad on Friday, with animals being slaughtered for the occasion. Worshippers were seen praying at a location on the outskirts of the Afghan city, while at least two cows were seen being slaughtered for the festivities. Despite the coronavirus outbreak, which has seen over 36,000 people become infected in Afghanistan, with more than 1,200 subsequent deaths, worshippers stood shoulder to shoulder and did not wear masks. «There are a lot of fears about coronavirus, still the government didn't prepare any special area for offering prayers,» complained one local man who said that people were unable to socially distance. Eid al-Adha or the 'Festival of the Sacrifice,' is the second of two globally celebrated holidays in Islam, the other being Eid Al-Fitr, with the former honouring Ibrahim or Abraham's will to sacrifice his son to God before Jibra'il, or Gabriel's intervention. Animals are often sacrificed on the holiday to remember Ibrahim's offering.
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