Eidul Azha prayer held at Pakistan Embassy mosque

BEIJING: A big Eidul Azha congregation was held at the Pakistan Embassy mosque in Beijing on Tuesday.

A large number of members of the Pakistani community including students, businessmen, officials, bankers as well as diplomats from various Islamic countries also offered Eid prayer.
On the occasion, special prayers were offered for economic development, progress, integrity and solidarity of Pakistan.

Millions of Muslims across China also celebrated Eid al-Azha. Early on Tuesday morning, Muslims from northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur and Ningxia Hui Autonomous Regions and other areas wore festive outfits and attended mosques, reports Xinhua news agency.

The Festival features family gatherings with lamb as the main dish. The local governments of Ningxia and Xinjiang have extended the holiday and exempted vehicles with fewer than seven seats from expressway toll fares to allow Muslims more time to attend religious rituals and visit relatives.

Geng Yulan, who made pilgrimage to Mecca in 2006, said her family have made good use of the five day break. “Our children are usually trapped by work, but they can always make time to visit during the Eid Azha Festival,” Geng said.

In Minxian and Zhangxian counties of Gansu Province, which experienced an earthquake in July, 400 Muslim families prepared traditional delicacies and sacrificed sheep despite the snow and cold weather.

China has more than 20 million Muslim population. The religion is popular among people of about 10 ethnic groups including Uygur, Hui and Kazakh.