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Propaganda vs. Reality

Chinese propaganda about Eid al-Adha in Xinjiang posted on Twitter.

Eid al-Adha, called “Kurban” by Turkic populations including the Uyghurs and Kazakhs, is one of the two official holidays for Muslims, commemorating Abraham’s (Ibrahim’s) willingness to sacrifice his son Isaac. On that day, men from each family traditionally go to the mosque for a special morning prayer, wear their best clothes, cook the most appreciated dishes.

They visit relatives, parents, and neighbors, and welcome guests to their homes. Young people greet their older relatives and neighbors by kissing their hands as a sign of respect. They give each other presents. They sacrifice a cow, a sheep, or a camel. They make a donation. What Muslims do not do on Eid al-Adha is dancing or playing music in public squares.

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