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Chennai, Jul 21 (PTI) Fervour marked Eid-al-Adha, also known as Bakrid celebrations in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday, with the devout offering prayers at mosques in conformity with Covid-19 protocols.

.Mecca Saudi Arabia
A Muslim pilgrim prays during symbolic stoning of the devil ritual during the Hajj pilgrimage in Mina, near Mecca. (AP/PTI Photo)

  • The hajj ministry has allowed women of all ages to make the pilgrimage without a male relative, known as a "mehrem"
  • The decision is part of social reforms rolled out by de facto leader Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
  • Officials have said that 40% of this year's pilgrims are women

.Mecca Saudi Arabia
Just 60,000 people have been selected to take part in this year's hajj(Photo Credits : AP/PTI(AP31-07-2020_000137B))

  • Muslim pilgrims ascended Saudi Arabia's Mount Arafat on Monday
  • Just 60,000 people, all citizens or residents of Saudi Arabia, have been selected to take part in this year's hajj
  • Worshippers will assemble on the 70-metre (230-foot) high hill