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Today is the first day of the second one of two major İslamic feasts, the "Feast of Sacrifice".

I made this capture in Sile, in a fenced area, where people can buy sheep and cows to be sacrificed in the first day of the Eid.

The Feast of the Sacrifice commemorates Ibrahimís willingness to sacrifice his son Ismael to show his faithfulness to Allah.
You can find essentially the same story in the Old Testament where Abraham was willing to kill his son Isaac, until an angel stops him.
The Feast of the Sacrifice takes place about 70 days after the end of Ramazan. The festival lasts four and a half days. The festivalís eve (arife) is the half day to prepare for the four day festivities.
The Sacrifice Festival is all about charity and community.
During this holiday people are constantly on the move visiting family and friends. Family ties get strengthened and children are given an opportunity to bond with the older generations.

All believers of the Abrahamic religions, but now Muslims are the most active practitioners of this act of faith.
Even people who generally donít go to the mosque, often do go to the mosque to attend the morning prayer on the first day of this major İslamic Festival.

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