VIDEO: Frenchman selling Eid al-Adha sacrifices in Morocco trends online

Friday, 1 September 2017

Social media users in Morocco circulated a video of a Frenchman selling Eid al-Adha sacrifices to Moroccans in a cattle market in Agadir. The video, which people have been sharing since Wednesday, was shot by a passerby. It shows a Frenchman who looks like he’s in 50’s as he prepares to sell sheep for the Eid sacrifices. The Frenchman jokingly tells the man taking the video: “If you are recording a video of me, beware of photography rights.” 

IN PICTURES: Hajj pilgrims symbolically ‘stone devil’ in last major ritual

Friday, 1 September 2017

Pilgrims began heading back to Mina and the Grand Mosque to perform further rites and rituals on the third day of their Hajj pilgrimage and first day of Eid al-Adha on Friday. Having spent the previous night camped out in the open in Muzdalifah, pilgrims will proceed back to the Mina and Makkah to perform several duties, one of which is the symbolic stoning of the devil ritual. On Friday, Muslims around the world are also marking one of two Islamic holidays, known in Arabic as Eid al-Adha, ...

VIDEO: Muslim pilgrims in Muzdalifa prepare for Hajj’s final stages

Friday, 1 September 2017

The General Statistics Authority announced a total of more than two million three hundred and fifty-two thousand pilgrims (2,352,122) are performing Hajj this year, including one million seven hundred and fifty-two thousand (1,752,014) pilgrims from outside Saudi Arabia. The pilgrims gathered at Mount Arafat on Thursday for a vigil to atone for their sins, then descended to Muzdalifa to prepare for the final stages of the annual hajj pilgrimage. Pilgrims clad in white robes spent the previous ...

More recollections of Eid overseas

Saturday, 15 July 2017

In a previous article, I recalled some of my memories about the celebration of the Eid festival while I was working as a diplomat in a number of countries. These included one of the most unforgettable Eid feasts that coincided with the G-77 conference held in the northern Colombian city of Cartagena in South America. I was part of the Saudi delegation attending the conference. Eid Al-Adha was a working day, coinciding with the first day of the conference during which two sessions were held. The ...

Dr. Ali Al-Ghamdi

The many recollections of Eid overseas

Thursday, 29 June 2017

The first Eid I spent overseas was when I was working in the diplomatic corps in Pakistan. I was on secondment (temporary transfer) to East Pakistan during that period in order to issue visas to pilgrims. They used to travel by ship to the holy lands from Chittagong Seaport located on the Bay of Bengal. After completing the task, for which I was seconded, only two or three days remained before the advent of Eid. So I decided to spend the Eid holidays between Lahore, Rawalpindi and Islamabad ...

Dr. Ali Al-Ghamdi

PHOTOS: Eid brings joy to young victims of war in Yemen

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Despite an on-going conflict that has devastated the country into the world’s worst humanitarian crisis since 1945, hospitalized children in war-torn Taiz gathered to celebrate Eid al-Fitr in a move towards normalcy. Members from the non-profit organization “Basma Tifl” – meaning “Child’s Smile” in Arabic – organized a gathering at al-Thawra Hospital to celebrate Eid with young victims in an “attempt to improve the psychological state of the ...

This Eid, have you been giving your child the ‘first class’ treatment?

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Having just celebrated Eid, many families across the Middle East will be dreading their next credit card bill. After all, for the majority of people it’s a time to spend money and buy lots of gifts for the children. But is splashing the cash on your offspring necessarily a good thing? Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay sparked a debate just recently after his comments about why he and his wife fly first class while his children sit in economy. The British chef, who owns the popular Dubai ...

Fluent in Arabic, Japanese ambassador charms Iraqis in a new video

Monday, 26 June 2017

Japan’s Ambassador to Iraq, Fumio Iwai, has won the hearts of Iraqis in another video when he was seen sitting cross-legged on the floor and wishing his viewers a happy Eid in fluent Arabic, specifically in the country’s vernacular. “With God’s willing, I wish you better health, safety and security for the upcoming Eid,” Iwai said, using the customary greeting of wishing for a much-improved year ahead in a video published by Embassy of Japan in Iraq on Facebook ...

This was how Saudi Arabia announced Eid 100 years ago

Monday, 26 June 2017

Saudis 100 years ago had to wait for the Grand Mutfi in the holy city of Mecca to announce the first day of Eid. With no radio or telegraph and in a country as big as Saudi Arabia, camel riders did their best to race to inform people about Eid’s timings, but sometimes it was not possible to announce it uniformly, leaving a gap and sometimes days when each village celebrated Eid. “In the past, each village had its own Eid, especially in remote areas; during the summer, the difference ...

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