Muslims around the world are celebrating Eid al-Adha, to commemorate the willingness of the prophet Ibrahim — or Abraham as he is known in the Bible — to sacrifice his son in accordance with God's will, though in the end God provided him with a sheep to sacrifice instead. The name of the holiday can be translated as "festival of the sacrifice". On the first day of Eid al-Adha, Muslims slaughter sheep, cattle and other livestock, and give part of the meat to the poor.
In this gallery,
IBTimes UK looks at how Eid al-Adha is celebrated around the world, from trying to get home on one of Bangladesh's overcrowded trains, to selecting a sheep, goat or camel, to getting it home and sacrificing it. Bangladeshi people pack into – and onto – a train in Dhaka to head home to their villages for Eid al-Adha Allison Joyce/Getty Images A woman uses her phone prior to attending prayers for Eid al-Adha at a park in Manila, the Philippines Ted Aljibe/AFP An aerial view taken with a drone shows huge crowds of Muslims praying in the street around Moscow's Central Mosque during Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) celebrations Dmitry Serebryakov/AFP A Palestinian girl flies a helium balloon shaped like a dolphin in front of the Dome of the Rock in the al-Aqsa Mosque compound, in Jerusalem's old city on the first day of Eid al-Adha Ahmad Gharabli/AFP People attend prayers for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha at Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta, Indonesia Antara Foto/Rosa Panggabean/Reuters A woman uses her mobile phone under a veil during celebrations of Eid al-Adha at the historic Niujie mosque in Beijing, China Damir Sagolj/Reuters Egyptian Muslim devotees perform the morning Eid al-Adha prayer outside al-Sedik mosque in the northeastern suburb of Sheraton in the capital Cairo Khaled Desouki/AFP Syrian refugees arrive at the Oncupinar crossing gate, near the town of Kilis as Turkish authorities allow Syrian refugees to visit their home country for Eid al-Adha Bulent Kilic/AFP Syrian refugees living in Turkey cross back into Syria to celebrate Eid al-Adha with family members still living in Syria Chris McGrath/Getty Images Members of the Syrian Civil Defence, also known as the White Helmets, stand near the graves of their comrades in the southern Syrian city of Daraa as they mark the first day of Eid al-Adha Mohamad Abazeed/AFP Indonesians attend an Eid al-Adha prayer in Surabaya, East Java province Juni Kriswanto/AFP People take part in morning prayers to celebrate the first day of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, in Kabul, Afghanistan Mohammad Ismail/Reuters Afghan children ride on swings during the first day of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha in Kabul Mohammad Ismail/Reuters Syrian children ride an attraction in the city of Idlib as Muslims across the world celebrate the annual festival of Eid al-Adha Omar haj Kadour/AFP A goat is seen on sale for the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday in Jakarta, Indonesia Beawiharta/Reuters A trader applies colour on his goats for identification, at a livestock market in Mumbai, India Shailesh Andrade/Reuters Palestinian men drag a sheep by the horns at the United Nations Relief Works Agency (UNRWA) distribution centre in the Shati refugee camp in Gaza City. The sheep was donated by the Zakat Foundation of America for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha Mohammed Abed/AFP Young men cross a road with sheep they purchased at a livestock market in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, ahead of the Muslim Eid al-Adha, known as Tabaski in western Africa Sia Kambou/AFP A taxi driver loads a newly-purchased goat into the boot of his taxi at a livestock market in Kolkata, India Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters A man pushes a goat into a taxi after he purchased it at a livestock market in Kolkata, India Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters A worker loads a goat into a taxi for delivery for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha at a market in Jakarta, Indonesia Beawiharta/Reuters A sheep is seen inside a vehicle at a makeshift livestock market n the West Bank city of Nablus as Palestinians shop in preparation for the Eid al-Adha festival Abed Omar Qusini/Reuters Men lead a recently-purchased camel by car, ahead of the Eid al-Adha festival in Peshawar, Pakistan Fayaz Aziz/AFP Libyan butchers pose for a photo on the first day of Eid al-Adha, or the Festival of Sacrifice, at a butcher's shop in the eastern city of Benghazi Abdullah Doma/AFP A man sharpens knives at a stall in a market during celebrations to mark Eid-al-Adha in Gaziantep, Turkey Chris McGrath/Getty Images A man prepares to slaughter a cow for Eid al-Adha at Jogokaryan mosque in Yogyakarta, Indonesia Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images Indonesian Muslim women react as they watch a cow being slaughtered for Eid al-Adha at Jogokaryan mosque in Yogyakarta Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images The legs of a bull are seen after it was sacrificed for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha at Matraman district in Jakarta, Indonesia Beawiharta/Reuters Indonesian Muslims watch cows being slaughtered for Eid al-Adha at Jogokaryan mosque in Yogyakarta Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images
A Palestinian girl takes a piece of freshly slaughtered calf meat from a man as part of commemorations of the first day of Eid al-Adha, or the Festival of Sacrifice, in Gaza City Mohammed Abed/AFP
Eid al-Adha coincides with the last days of
the hajj in Mecca. Pilgrims make their way to a massive multi-storey complex in Mina after dawn to cast pebbles at three large columns symbolising the devil. Muslims believe it is here that the devil tried to talk the Prophet Ibrahim out of submitting to God's will.
Mina is also where
more than 2,400 people were killed two years ago in a stampede and a collision of two crowds. The Saudi government has since widened some roads in Mina to try and improve the safety of the hajj. More than 100,000 security forces are managing the hajj this year, with 30,000 health workers on hand to maintain safety and provide first aid.