Aug 12, 2019 06:26 UTC

Millions of Iranian worshipers have performed the Eid al-Adha prayers across Iran, celebrating one of the most important feasts of the Islamic calendar, Iran Press reported.

The occasion falls on the 10th day of the month of Dhu al-Hijjah on the lunar calendar every year. It commemorates Prophet Abraham’s acknowledging a divine order upon him to sacrifice his son. Upon submitting to God’s will, Ibrahim was exempted from performing the order and was offered a ram to sacrifice instead.

The occasion also forms the high point of ongoing Hajj rituals, which are being observed by Muslim pilgrims in Saudi Arabia. They, too, are religiously mandated to perform the sacrifice and distribute offerings among the needy.