Bay Area Muslims Commemorate Eid al-Adha
More than 1,000 Bay Area Muslims rolled out their prayer mats on a field in Fremont's Central Park Friday morning to celebrate Eid al-Adha, an important holiday in Islam.
It was the first time that the three separate Muslim communities from Fremont, Newark and Milpitas came together to celebrate Eid al-Adha.
An Imam led prayers at the edge of Lake Elizabeth as worshippers bowed east toward Mecca.
Many men wore traditional white dress and caps. Women, who prayed in a separate area, wore colorful hijabs.
Dr. Khalid Baig of the Islamic Society of the East Bay hopes the gathering will unify the communities.
"What we are really hoping is for people from different parts of the city and different cities come together with their families and mingle," he said.
The holiday recalls Ibrahim, or Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son to god, and it marks the end of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca.
Worshippers greeted each other saying, "Eid Mubarak," have a blessed celebration.