Muslims pray, celebrate at festival

WICHITA — Nearly 1,000 Muslims prayed and celebrated this morning at the annual Eid al-Adha at Century II Convention Center.

It is a major celebration for Muslims around the world, and today people came from across the region to participate.

"This is one of the most central locations for Eid, so people come from all over." said Afshan Khan, 19, who attended with her family.

Eid, which means festival, follows the lunar calendar and this year fell over the Thanksgiving weekend. Many American Muslims chose to fast Thursday as part of the holiday that follows Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, the holy city in Saudi Arabia.

Eid al-Adha means "Feast of the Sacrifice" and honors Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son to God.

Donations of food to charity and helping the poor mark the three-day celebration.

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