Crimean Tatars celebrating Qurban Bayram. Report from Crimea

13 August 2019, 16:56
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Vasily Karadagov
for QHA Media

Qurban Bayram (Feast of the Sacrifice and the end of the Hajj) is one of the main Islamic holidays. This year in Crimea it is celebrated from August 11 to 14. According to tradition, the first day of the celebration begins with a collective morning prayer in all mosques. Then an animal, usually a ram, is sacrificed. After which the Muslims congratulate each other, exchange visits, pay visits to the elderly people, as well as the graves of the dead.

At dawn, men go to mosques to take part in the festive prayer.

At the entrance to one of the mosques in Simferopol, a box has been installed to raise funds for children celebrations.

People gathered in the main hall waiting for the prayer.

Both old and young praying alongside.

During the sermon, the imam of the mosque also talks about how to properly perform the ritual of sacrifice.

After prayer, parishioners congratulate each other on the holiday.

Various sweets are sold near the mosque.

In private courtyards an animal is sacrificed. This tradition has ancient roots. According to the description set forth in the holy book of Muslims, the Quran, the angel Jabrail appeared to the prophet Ibrahim in a dream and gave him the command from Allah to sacrifice his son. His son, who knew about this, did not resist, but cried and prayed, as he was obedient to his father and Allah. However, this turned out to be a test from Allah, and when the sacrifice was almost performed, Allah made it so that the knife could not cut. The sacrifice of the son was replaced by a ram, and Ibrahim was given the safe rebirth of his son – Ishaq. It is also possible to sacrifice a cow or a camel.

Two-thirds of the meat of sacrificial animals is distributed to needy, large families, relatives, neighbors.

On this day, older people receive guests.

The guests are treated to sweets and aromatic coffee.

Festive events for children are held
on the territory of many mosques in Crimea.


In one of the village mosques in the Bakhchysarai district, preparations are underway for the holiday.

Children find entertainment to their liking.