At Kota Bharu, June 5, Malayan Moslems observed the feast of Hari Raya Haji - held every year on the tenth day of the Islamic month of Zulhijjah.
LV Assembly of devotees
MS Devotees spreading mats and carpets
MLS Man removing shoes
MS Sultan of Kelantan State
MS Muezzin calling for prayers
MS Devotees saying prayers
MLS Malay women calling on relatives etc.
MLS Women receiving guests
MS Woman and boy enter house
MS Woman eating.
MS Boys assembled to see sacrifices of bull
MLS Bull being prepared for sacrifice
CU Bull's head
MS Women and children watch
CU Meat pieces spread on leaf
CU Man distributing meat
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Background: At Kota Bharu, June 5, Malayan Moslems observed the feast of Hari Raya Haji - held every year on the tenth day of the Islamic month of Zulhijjah.
Hari Raya Haji recalls the sacrifice of the prophet Abraham and coincides with the conclusion of the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, where "hajis" from all over the Moslem world make sacrifice by killing sheep and camels, giving the meat to the poor.
Thousands of devotees gathered in Kota Bharu to attend prayers led by the Sultan of Kelantan State. Malaya's Moslem population is concentrated mainly along the east coast.
As the men prayed, the women called on friends and relatives to exchange greetings. There were special delicacies for the big feast. Kota Bharu's equivalent of the sacrifices made in Mecca is the slaughtering of a white bull. Here too, the meat from the sacrificed animal was distributed among the poor.