Stunning photos show socially distanced pilgrims attending Hajj in Mecca

Stunning photos show socially distanced pilgrims attending Hajj in Mecca

Large gatherings are no easy logistical feat during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. 

Many have done their best to keep important traditions and events alive responsibly and safely, whether protesting or praying. One especially striking example of this has come from those starting the annual Muslim Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca. 

One of the world’s largest annual religious gatherings, the five-day Hajj event is one of the five pillars of Islam. Usually, millions descend upon the holy cities of Mecca and Medina, and circumambulate around Islam’s holiest shrine, the Kaaba, which sits at the centre of Mecca’s Grand Mosque. In the past, pilgrims would kiss or touch the sacred black stone, but that’s not allowed this year amid the COVID pandemic. Pilgrims wear face masks during the event, and The New York Times reports that Saudi authorities have been giving out bottled water from the holy Zamzam well — usually pilgrims would drink from cups provided in the Grand Mosque — as well as prayer mats and sterilised stones to be ritually cast at pillars that symbolise the devil. Read more…

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