The pilgrimage or Hajj, required by all Muslims once in their life, represents one of the largest gatherings of people in the world.
It will start on Monday, June 26, 2023 and end on Saturday, July 1, reports International Days.
Before the pandemic, the pilgrimage drew millions of people each year to Islam’s holy city of Mecca, home to the cube-shaped Kaaba where Muslims pray five times a day.
In 2019, more than 2.4 million people participated in the pilgrimage.
But in 2020, amid the restrictions triggered by the pandemic, Saudi Arabia drastically reduced the hajj.
Only 1,000 residents of Saudi Arabia were allowed to participate. It was an unprecedented move, not seen even during the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918, which killed tens of millions around the world.
In 2021, approximately 60,000 Saudi Arabians participated. Last year, 1 million believers went on pilgrimage, reports NPR
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