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With Eid al-Adha just days away, residents from across south Lebanon have flocked to the port city of Sidon to buy sweets, meat and clothes to make the celebration extra special. Dozens of mothers gathered in a shop for kids' clothes Wednesday to buy special Eid outfits for their children. Ali Ghaddar, the shop's owner, had put up a sign offering a 50 percent discount on all clothes to encourage shoppers.On Eid al-Adha, which translates to the Festival of the Sacrifice and marks the end of the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, Muslims traditionally slaughter an animal as a sacrifice, representing the sacrifice Abraham made for his son.Sidon municipality is inviting the city's residents to head to the local abattoir to sacrifice their animals for Eid without charge. Every year for 32 years, the Islamic Reaaya Association in Sidon has been distributing lamb and mutton to the poorest residents of the city, including Lebanese, Syrians and Palestinians and orphans, Ghassan Hanqir, a representative of the organization, told The Daily Star.
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