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Saudi Arabia says Hajj pilgrimage is on -- with limited numbers
Haji is a lifetime event for Muslims. It is one of the five pillars they must complete during their lives. Every Muslim who is physically and financially capable is required to make the journey to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia at least once in his or her life. The holy sites in the kingdom are visited by over two million pilgrims most of whom are from abroad. Because of the scale and intensity of this annual event, there is a dedicated government function called the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah in the host country. It seems like hosting the Olympic Games and World Cup every year in the same place.
The problem is that the Covid-19 pandemic is still ongoing and evolving. Receiving 1.8 million pilgrims from abroad in just a week is beyond scary to keep social distancing. So, the ministry announced that the kingdom will not accept any foreign Haji pilgrims this year. Those who planned to perform the duty now have to postpone their lifetime event to the next or a later year.
Read the article and watch the video to learn about another massive event that is called off this year.