- メッカ大巡礼 (pilgrimage to Mecca) （イスラム教徒 (Muslim) の義務〈五行〉の一つで今年は７月２９日から５日間行われた。後出 pilgrim は巡礼者）
- Eid (al-Adha)
- メッカ大巡礼終了を祝う犠牲祭 (Feast of Sacrifice) のこと（feast は祝祭、ごちそう、sacrifice は犠牲）
- 大流行（後出 outbreak も同意）
- 礼拝（後出 pray は祈る、worshiper は礼拝者）
- (be) home to ～
- foot (pl. feet)
- coincide with ～
- health ministry
- social distancing
- urge ～ to ...
- lay off
- 【写真説明】 circle ～
- holy city
Small groups of people performed one of the final rites of the Islamic hajj on July 31 as Muslims worldwide marked the start of the Eid al-Adha holiday amid the coronavirus pandemic, which has impacted nearly every aspect of this year's pilgrimage and celebrations.
In the Iraqi capital Baghdad, the streets were largely empty due to a 10-day lockdown imposed by authorities to prevent the further spread of the virus. Kosovo and the United Arab Emirates also prevented mosques from holding Eid prayers.
In Indonesia, home to the world's largest population of Muslims at 250 million people, worshipers were allowed to attend Eid prayers in mosques under strict health guidelines, including that they bring their own prayer mats and pray several feet apart from one another.
The last days of the annual hajj pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia coincide with the four-day Eid al-Adha, or "Feast of Sacrifice," in which Muslims slaughter livestock and distribute the meat to the poor.
The hajj has been dramatically impacted, with as few as 1,000 pilgrims allowed to take part compared to last year's 2.5 million. The Saudi Health Ministry has provided this year's masked pilgrims with wristbands that connect to their phones and monitor their movements to ensure social distancing.
The pandemic has also pushed millions of people around the world closer to the brink of poverty, making it harder for many Muslims to fulfill the religious tradition of purchasing livestock.
In some parts of West Africa, the price for a ram has doubled. Alioune Ndong, a tailor in Mbour, Senegal, said he does not know how he can afford an Eid feast, and urged the government to help struggling families.
"This outbreak has not only changed our tradition entirely, but has also made more and more people fall into poverty," said Agus Supriatna, an Indonesian factory worker who was laid off this year because of the pandemic. (AP)
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