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Afghanistan marks Eid al-Adha festival

31 Jul 2020, 16:30 GMT+10

KABUL, July 31 (Xinhua) -- The Afghans marked Eid al-Adha, a three-day annual Festival of Sacrifice, by attending prayers and visiting relatives throughout the country on Friday.

They offered prayers in big mosques amid tight security while practicing social distancing amid the COVID-19 pandemic on Friday morning.

Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani also took part in Eid prayers together with senior officials and cabinet members in a mosque in Presidential Palace the earlier on Friday.

Following the prayers, the believers joined the sacrificing of animals and distributing the meat to the poor families.

Muslims wear new clothes on Eid days and greet relatives and friends to boost cordial relations. Pocket money and gifts are given to children on this occasion.

The Taliban militant group and the government security forces have agreed on a three-day ceasefire during Eid al-Adha days from Friday to Sunday.

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