CCTV.com - CNTV English - CCTV News

Turks celebrate Eid al-Adha with prayers, sacrifice

11-17-2010 14:14 BJT

ANKARA, Nov. 16 (Xinhua) -- Muslims in Turkey thronged into mosques and joined the practice of sacrificing animals on Tuesday to celebrate the annual Muslim Eid al-Adha festival.

At the Kocatepe Mosque, the biggest mosque in Turkish capital Ankara, thousands of people knelt down towards the direction of the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday morning, praying and listening to the peace messages delivered by the imam.

According to the Muslim tradition, every adult Muslim who can afford it should sacrifice an animal or have it done by a butcher during the Eid al-Adha festival. People then keep some of the meat at home to eat and hand out the rest to their neighbors and relatives, especially the poor and needy.

Killing of the animals is forbidden in cities in Turkey and takes place in designated butcheries, where sheep and cattle are chosen by customers and sacrificed.

A 50 kg sheep usually produces 25 kg of meat and the other parts, including the skin and internal organs, are collected by the local administration and distributed to dealers, said Ejder Baykal, who has been working at a butchery in Ankara for years.

In the countryside, where the practice of sacrifice is not restricted, people can kill the animals and divide the meat at their backyards. Many favor going to rural markets where animals are purchased and brought home or butchered on the site.

At a rural market near Ankara, customers gathering there made parking space scarce on Tuesday morning. Some carried the animals home with their vehicles, while others found an available spot nearby and made the sacrifice together with their family members. After the sheep or cattle were put to the blade, some parents touched the forehead of their children with blood for blessing.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

Hot Videos view more

The celebrations are still continuing as the victorious coach, Joachim Loew, has been honored for his achievement in his hometown of Freiburg.
Germany coach Loew honored in hometown of Freiburg

Chinese men´s national team continued its preparations for next year´s Asian Cup, as they managed a one-all draw against visitors Jordan during a football friendly in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China´s Heilongjiang Province.
China held to 1-1 draw by Jordan

The defending world champs came into the contest with a perfect 6-and-oh record, but they would be in for a tough first half before opening things up in the second.
USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in quarter-finals

Hot Stories more

UK authorities believe killer of James Foley is a British national

Across the UK the hunt is on for James Foley’s killer, who authorities believe is a British national. As Richard Bestic reports from London, Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer break to lead his government’s response.

Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets´ airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,

Missouri police arrest dozens after violent night

As the protests in the town of Ferguson, Missouri turned violent with police facing ´heavy gunfire´ from some ´criminal elements´, cops fired tear gas, stun grenades and arrested 31 demonstrators on Monday night.

Picture in news more

More Video News

Choose TV Program