Russia celebrates Knowledge Day and Eid al-Adha

Russia celebrates Knowledge Day and Eid al-Adha

A total of 15.5 million pupils will go to school in Russia today. 1.8 million children will start their education this year.

Russian President Vladimir Putin will make a working trip to the Yaroslavl region, some 250 km to the northeast of Moscow, in the course of which he will take part in an all-Russia open class ‘Russia Heading for the Future’.

Putin’s itinerary in Yaroslavl includes a whole menu of events, the Kremlin press secretary, Dmitry Peskov said. "One of them is the Projectoria occupational guidance forum where the President will speak to young people and will give an open class."

More than a million students and teachers will join the forum by teleconference and Putin will have an opportunity to communicate with young people from different parts of the country.

At the same time, Muslims around the world are celebrating the Festival of the Sacrifice, Eid al-Adha, one of the most important holidays in the Muslim calendar. On this day Muslims gather at a mosque for a common prayer and sacrifice an animal to honor the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his only son as an act of submission to God's command. This act showed his true piety, and Allah sent Ibrahim two black bulls to sacrifice instead of his son.

The holiday is marked on the 10th day of the Zul Hijjah month and marks the end of the fifth pillar of Islam. According to a tradition, every Muslim is obligated to sacrifice a lamb or a cow, or other livestock animal. Eid al-Adha is celebrated for three days. It is officially a non-working day in the republics of Adygea, Bashkortostan, Dagestan, Ingushetia, Kabardino-Balkaria, Karachay-Cherkessia, Tatarstan and Chechnya.

In Moscow, the main events of Eid al-Fitr celebration was held in the Cathedral Mosque at the Prospekt Mira street in the north of the capital. The sermon and divine service was held from 06:30 to 08:30 Moscow time. Grand Mufti of Russia Ravil Gaynutdin is to address Muslim believers.