Egypt: Alexandrians celebrate Eid al-Adha with animal sacrifice

Alexandria's residents celebrated the first day of the al-Adha Eid with animal sacrifices and by visiting famous landmarks on Friday. Residents were seen gathering in front of the slaughterhouses to watch sheep being sacrificed, while others were seen visiting the citadel of Qaitbay, while beaches were seen closed as a precautionary measure to curb the spread of the pandemic. Typical large scale celebrations of Eid have been restricted by the government due to the coronavirus outbreak. 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 Ismael 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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