This week’s photo gallery feature celebrations from across RFE/RL’s broadcast region of the Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha, which ended last week. The photos were taken by RFE/RL photographers in countries as varied as Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iraq, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan.
Eid al-Adha is a three day festival marked by prayer and the ritual sacrifice of livestock — including sheep, cows, camels and goats, depending on the region. The sacrifice commemorates the prophet Abraham, who is believed to have demonstrated his obedience to God by offering the life of his son, Isaac. Eid al-Adha is celebrated at the end of hajj, the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca.