Most of the vehicles on this highway are traveling from Madinah to Makkah/Mecca and are carrying religious pilgrims who are fulfilling the Islamic once in a lifetime requirement of all able bodied Muslims – to perform Hajj. The Hajj happens every year and concludes with a celebration lasting several days called Eid al Adha, when lambs are sacrificed and shared with family as well as those who are less fortunate. Many of the pilgrims take advantage of the opportunity during their trip to Saudi Arabia to also visit the holy city of Madinah, where Mohammed is buried in the beautiful Prophet’s Mosque. I love the layers of mountains in the distance that are visible during almost the entire drive from Jeddah to Madinah. At one point there were dozens and dozens of pilgrim laden busses forming a caravan enroute to Makkah.
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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, is KSA's 2nd largest city and is located on its west coast, right on the Red Sea. I moved here in 2007 with my Saudi hubby. This journal reflects the things that I see here, life through my eyes, my lens.
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