Traditionally, Ukrainian Muslims are planning to visit the sacred places and Mecca, as well as perform Hajj rituals due to commence a day prior to Kurban-Bairam, the Feast of Sacrifice. This year’s feast falls on September 24-27.

Starting on the 10th day of the 12th month of the Muslim Lunar calendar and lasting several days, Kurban-Bairami, or the Feast of Sacrifice, is one of the major feasts celebrated in Islam. On this day, pilgrims go to Hajj, i.e. pilgrimage to Mecca, and make a sacrifice (a kurban) to commemorate the story of Ibrahim whose son Ishmael was to be sacrificed to Allah but had a miraculous escape at the last instant due to intervention of Angel Jibrail who brought a ship as a replacement.

During the holiday, Muslims traditionally sacrifice goats, ship, camels or cows, following which the animals’ meat is split into several portions meant to be eaten by the one who made the sacrifice, his household members, the poor and guests.

A total of 322 pilgrims from Crimea have gone to Mecca to celebrate the great holiday this year.