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Eid al-Adha celebrations around the world

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The Muslim festival Eid al-Adha - which means "feast of the sacrifice" - began on Sunday evening and is marked by special prayers and feasts.

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image captionIndian children play after Eid al-Adha prayers at the Jama Masjid mosque in New Delhi, India

Each year Muslims gather for the occasion that commemorates the Prophet Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son on the command of God. Ibrahim was eventually given a lamb to sacrifice instead.

Eid al-Adha usually begins on the last day of the Hajj, the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia.

It is the second Islamic festival of the year, and follows Eid al-Fitr which marks the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting.

Here is a selection of pictures of celebrations from around the world on Monday.

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image captionA woman prays at the Badshahi Mosque in Lahore, Pakistan
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image captionButchers prepare to slaughter a cow during the Eid al-Adha festival in Karachi, Pakistan
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image captionPeople gather for Eid al-Adha prayers at the Badshahi Mosque in Lahore, Pakistan
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image captionWorshippers pray at the National Mosque of Baitul Mukarram in Dhaka, Bangladesh
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image captionMuslims participate in a special prayer in Kolkata, India
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image captionA child looks on as women offer Eid al-Adha prayers in Chennai, India
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image captionPrayers are offered in Kolkata, India
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image captionA herbal eye-liner, called surma, is applied to a worshipper at Kashmiri Jame Mosque in Kathmandu, Nepal
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image captionPrayers are offered at the same mosque
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image captionMuslim women pray in Colombo, Sri Lanka
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image captionA Turkish aid agency hands out sacrificial animal meat in Nairobi
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image captionBalloons are handed out at the Ar-Rahma Mosque in Kiev, Ukraine

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