Eid al-Adha celebration in Simferopol started with a festive prayer in the Palace of Culture. Hajji Emirali Ablaev congratulated all those present on the occasion and called to commit good deeds, the Simferopol city site reports.

“Today, I would like to give advice to my brothers in faith: Let those who have the means commit the sacrifice, do it in the name of Allah, for the sake of our people living in Crimea, in our beautiful and flourishing homeland, for the good health and prosperity, and  unity with other nations. We pray for the end of bloodshed in Crimea, for people to live here in peace. Eid al-Adha. Is time when we have to lend a helping hand to those in need, it is time to forget the grudges and forgive each other,” said the Mufti of Crimea.

Another festive prayer took place in the recently opened mosque "Seit Settar" and in the Big Khan Mosque in Bakhchisaray. Several hundred people attended the festive namaz.

Following the service, the meat of sacrificial animals was given to representatives of the Muslim community and to the poor.

Festive events were held at the embankment in Kerch as well, including performances of national teams and wrestling Kurash contest. The winner received a sheep as a prize. During the folk festivals people were given free pilaf.

The occupant authorities declared September 12 a day off for Eid al-Adha.

Reference. Feast of the Sacrifice, or Eid al-Adha is an Islamic holiday, which is celebrated 70 days after Eid al-Fitr, the end of Hajj. It is one of the two biggest holidays for Muslims.

In Muslim countries, Eid al-Adha is an official holiday.