Monday, November 7, 2011

Eid Al-Adha In Iraq

Iraqis are currently celebrating Eid al-Adha, the Festival of Sacrifice. It is a national holiday, and a time for families and friends to not only attend mosques, but to celebrate. The pictures below show the new Iraq that is emerging from the aftermath of the 2005-2007 Iraqi civil war. Unfortunately, the celebration was already marred by violence as militants took advantage of the congregation of people in shops to bomb a market in Baghdad on November 6, 2011, showing that the country still suffers from terrorism.
Woman buying snacks before the holiday begins in Baghdad (AP)

Men heading for prayer at Firdos Mosque, Baghdad (Reuters)


Friends greet each other outside of mosques in Baghdad (AP)
Children with balloons in Baghdad (Agence France Presse)
Baghdad shop with food, snacks and sweats for the holiday (AP)

Family embracing each other outside of Abu Hanifa mosque, Baghdad (AP)
Market bombing in Baghdad during holiday (Al Jazeera)

Al Jazeera, "Deadly explosions rock Baghdad market," 11/6/11

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