Every year Saudi Arabia welcomes millions of religious pilgrims from all over the world. Muslims are required to travel to Makkah for Hajj at least once in their lifetime, if they are able to physically and financially. The official Hajj dates this year are from about November 25-30. The dates change every year because they are based on the lunar calendar, which is almost two weeks shorter than the Gregorian calendar used in the West. Men Hajjis are required to wear two pieces of white seamless cloth. Women Hajjis are allowed more leeway, as long as they are dressed modestly. There are many rituals that pilgrims must perform while at Hajj, like circling the Kaaba Stone seven times, drinking Zam Zam water, throwing stones at a wall simulating destroying the devil, men shaving their heads, and sacrificing an animal. The Hajj is a big business here in Saudi Arabia, and it has thankfully become more organized and more equipped over the years to accommodate the large influx of pilgrims. In the past scores of people have been trampled to death, and I’ve heard and read about deplorable shelter and sanitation conditions during the Hajj.
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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 and teenage son. This journal reflects the things that I see here, life through my eyes, my lens.
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