Muslims across the world are celebrating the start of one of the most important holidays in the Islamic calendar, Eid al-Adha.

The festival is celebrated by many Muslims over four days with lavish meals featuring animals slaughtered in a ritual evoking the Prophet Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son at God's command.

In Ingushetia, Chechen refugees living in tent cities after fleeing the Russian military campaign in their own country, celebrated the festival by slaughtering five cows presented to them by the local government.

In the refugee camp in the Ingush village of Sleptsovskaya, on the Chechen border, hundreds of refugees took part in the ceremony.

Many of them have lived in the make-shift shelters since the start of October when hundreds of thousands of Chechen civilians fled the war zone after Russia began its military onslaught against the rebel republic.

With intense fighting continuing in the mountainous south of the republic between Russian federal forces and isolated groups of Chechen fighters, many refugees are reluctant to return home.

Temporary Mosques have been set up in the tent camps and many Muslim clerics from Chechnya, refugees themselves, are now based in Ingushetia.

The gift of five cows from local the Ingush government may not provide a substantial feast, but these refugees are pleased to have the chance to celebrate one of the most important Muslim festivals of the year.

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"Perhaps this won't be enough meat for people who like eating a lot, but the fact that people have remembered us today and done this for us, says a lot, that we're not just abandoned."
SUPER CAPTION: Marina, refugee

For many of the refugees, Eid al-Adha is second festival they have to spend away from home while war still rages in Chechnya.

Many of them have already spent the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which this year fell from mid - December to mid-January, in refugee camps.

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Rasool Bux
Rasool Bux:
Beautiful and Great day
Happy Eid
Ramazan Alikhan
Ramazan Alikhan:
Eid Mubarak
Bajan Singh
Bajan Singh:
Islam zindabad
Eid ul adha mubaraq to all umme muslima
Zubia F
Zubia F:
Why the boy is applying blood on his face😱
Yuda Wardana
Yuda Wardana:
Auliya tasawwuf
Auliya tasawwuf:
love from India...😐
shahaan pakistan
shahaan pakistan:
salam to my all russian muslim brother love from pakistan islam is the best....
Roni Roha
Roni Roha:
Assalamualaikum my muslim brother in checenya and ingush. We very love you and happy ied mubarok. Allohu Akbar. From indonesia