Images of Eid

  • The family of Nuri Hama, far left, enjoys a traditional breakfast on the first day of the Eid celebration on November 26 in Sulaimaniyah. The ceremonial meal generally consists of rice, beans, apricots and several meat dishes. Photo: Dastan Nuri.
  • An elderly man helps three young children play on a swing in Baghdad’s central Bablshek district on November 28. The girls, left, are adorned in new dresses. Iraqis traditionally buy smart outfits for Eid and wear them while visiting relatives. Photo: Mahmud Rauf.
  • A suicide bomber struck Abdullah’s Restaurant in Kirkuk during last year’s Eid celebration, killing 55. Another Kirkuk eatery operated by the same owner was bombed the year before. Photo: Kamaran Najm.
  • Customers dine at the restored Abdullah’s Restaurant on the outskirts of Kirkuk on November 29, the last day of the annual Eid celebration. Photo: Kamaran Najm.
  • 5. A young sheep is sheared at a playground on November 28 in Baghdad. The animal is being prepared for a traditional Eid sacrificial ceremony and feast. 
Photo by Mahmud Rauf.
  • A young boy pops a wheelie in a vacant parking lot in Sulaimaniyah on November 28. Many young people enjoyed the break from to school to gather for games and fun. Photo: Kamaran Najm.
  • Worshipers pass under tall palm trees as they enter the famous Prophet Yunus Mosque in Mosul on November 28. Many Iraqis travel great distances to visit the mosque - especially during Eid. Photo: Bashar Adnan.
  • An elderly man accepts some candy in Sulaimaniyah on November 26. After breakfast on the first day of Eid, men and children traditionally give neighbours candy and ask for forgiveness. Photo: Dastan Nuri.

Iraq celebrated the annual Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, known as the Festival of Sacrifice, last week. Families and friends gathered for traditional ceremonies and get-togethers.

Eid al-Adha, not to be confused with a second Eid holiday known as Eid al-Fitr, honours the decision made by the Prophet Abraham, or Ibrahim, to sacrifice his son to show his loyal commitment to God. The festival’s main theme is a universal call for forgiveness.

In past years, Iraqis have been hesitant to take to the roads during the holiday because of security concerns. The relative stability this year, however, allowed many to travel across the country to spend the holy days with relatives and loved ones.

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