HAGERSTOWN - They began the day in prayer. And later, they stood, hugged and said, "Eid Mubarak."
The phrase means "Blessed Eid," a day that about 500 area Muslims celebrated Sunday at the Islamic Society of Western Maryland in Hagerstown.
Abdul Waheed, chair of the Islamic Society, said Eid occurs on the 10th day of the lunar month Zulhajj.
Eid is celebrated as a day of sacrifice, remembering that the prophet Abraham sacrificed his most precious thing, his son, for God. Muslims slaughter animals on Eid, Waheed said.
On Sunday, while many were at the Islamic Society, others were at a slaughterhouse in Williamsport sacrificing goats, cows and lambs, he said.