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Pilgrims arrive in Mecca for 2nd socially-distanced Hajj

CA, 18 Jul 2021
Pilgrims began arriving in Mecca, Saudi Arabia on Saturday for the annual Hajj pilgrimage, which Muslims are expected to make at least once in their lifetime.

It is the second year that the Hajj is being restricted to its own citizens and residents in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the event limited to a maximum of 60,000 participants.

After arriving in the city and receiving IDs, pilgrims began the first stage of the Hajj, the Tawaf, which involves walking around the Kaaba seven times. Before the pandemic, some 2.5 million pilgrims used to visit the holiest sites of Islam in Mecca and Medina for the week-long Hajj.

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