Muslims in Sri Lanka mark Hajj, also known as Eid-al-Adha, today.
It is the second religious holiday in the Islamic calendar and is celebrated by Muslims all over the world.
The Hajj festival is commemorated by many Muslims with a pilgrimage to Mecca during the Hajj week.
It is said that this is the largest gathering of Muslims in the world every year.
Issuing a communiqué President Maithripala Sirisena said in his Haj message that the festival of Hajj is the most important annual event of the Muslims in the world, in which they pray to emphasize the importance of sacrifices in the name of Allah.
The government provides required facilities to Muslims of Sri Lanka to participate in the annual Hajj pilgrimage, where they renew their commitment to the teachings of the Quran and the Prophet Muhammed, and pray for peace, brotherhood and understanding among all people of the world.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasingha issuing a Haj message stated the ultimate bliss of life and spiritual advancement of people could be achieved only by disciplining oneself to lead a life of co-existence, devoid of cravings and sharing one's wealth with the less privileged.