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Coptic Cairo and Fustat | Central Cairo, the European city | Cairo's Islamic Quarter | St Catherine, Sinai | Wadi El Hitan, Egypt's Valley of the Whales | Alexandria, Egypt | Egyptian Muslims celebrate Eid El Adha | The 'Arab Spring' in Egypt, November 2011 | Siwa Oasis and the Great Sand Sea | Felucca cruise on the Nile | Aswan, Egypt's southern city | Abu Simbel and the Aswan High Dam

Egyptian Muslims celebrate Eid El Adha

Eid El Adha is the Islamic Feast of Sacrifice, inspired by the legend of Abraham preparing to sacrifice his own son until God provided a sheep at the last minute. Tethered sheep appear in the back streets and lanes of Egyptian towns, ready for slaughter and subsequent family feasts. Thousands gather for mass morning prayers in a festive environment. Most of these pictures were taken in the normally frenetic six-lane Arab League Street, the main avenue of the Cairo suburb of Mohandiseen.

These images were taken with Nikon D300 using RAW format, and are available for licensing. Please visit or my blog post.

Flock of sheep, Alexandria Flock of sheep, Alexandria Butcher's shop working overtime, Cairo Setting up just after dawn in Mohandiseen t4%2f39%2f733439%2f4%2f140218759.SE4xwVDa.jpg
t4%2f39%2f733439%2f4%2f140218760.qaIYpEKt.jpg t4%2f39%2f733439%2f4%2f140218811.zGKAh4Ca.jpg People at the Eid el Adha celebrations, Cairo Eid el Adha celebrations, Cairo t4%2f39%2f733439%2f4%2f140218763.GUvTcSjq.jpg
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t4%2f39%2f733439%2f4%2f140218774.tgd57MQH.jpg t4%2f39%2f733439%2f4%2f140218771.4ybgB9JE.jpg People at the Eid el Adha celebrations, Cairo t4%2f39%2f733439%2f4%2f140218773.9rcaZcJD.jpg Faces in the crowd
t4%2f39%2f733439%2f4%2f140218776.XT1nuQwh.jpg Woman at the Eid el Adha celebrations, Cairo t4%2f39%2f733439%2f4%2f140218778.0bmR2hhl.jpg People at the Eid el Adha celebrations, Cairo Eid el Adha celebrations, Cairo
t4%2f39%2f733439%2f4%2f140218762.glTBuMzg.jpg t4%2f39%2f733439%2f4%2f140218804.zqGWbj37.jpg t4%2f39%2f733439%2f4%2f140218805.FWwyOPAQ.jpg Prayers are over, people in playful mood t4%2f39%2f733439%2f4%2f140218809.XmZ9q9KC.jpg
t4%2f39%2f733439%2f4%2f140218810.f90GSW6i.jpg Wearing the national colours, Cairo People at the Eid el Adha celebrations, Cairo Painting hands... t4%2f39%2f733439%2f4%2f140218814.9qAqXJfu.jpg