Eid al-Adha festivities in St. Petersburg and Leningrad region draw 42,000

More than 40,000 people attended celebrations of the Eid al-Adha (the Feast of Sacrifice) Muslim holiday in St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region.

More than 40,000 people attended celebrations of the Eid al-Adha (the Feast of Sacrifice) Muslim holiday in St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region.

"A total of 42,000 people took part in the festivities. No public order offences were registered," a regional police spokesman told Interfax on Tuesday.

Some 1,000 police officers maintained security during the Eid al-Adha events in the region.

After the morning prayer, Muslims will be able to perform a ritual animal sacrifice in the villages of Novosergeyevka, Shushary, Koltushi and Pesochny outside St. Petersburg.

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