This year Muslim Kurban Bayram feast (Eid al-Adha), that was declared official holiday in Crimea along with another Muslim feast Oraza Bayram, is celebrated Saturday, Oct 4. As it comes for a weekend, Crimean authorities made a decision to make Monday, Oct 6, a holiday for Crimea’s state institutions.

“These feasts which were made holidays for all Crimea residents are playing role of uniting factor, as Crimeans become more interested in spiritual needs and religious feasts of each other, congratulate each other like it was never before” deputy speaker of Crimean Parliament Ruslan Balbek said.

According to Balbek, Crimean authorities, declaring Muslims feasts holiday in Crimea, shows their respect to Muslims of Crimea.

Kurban Bayram feast commemorates prophet Ibrahim’s (Abraham) willingness to sacrifice his son to God. It is also known as the Feast of Sacrifice because it traditionally includes the sacrifice of an animal permitted for food (eg. a lamb) as an act of thanksgiving for God’s mercy. This festival also marks the end of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca.

This year 150 Crimean Muslims left for Mekka, Saudi Arabia, to perform Hajj pilgrimage – the fifth of the pillars of Islam.