Mecca prepares to host biggest hajj pilgrimage since pandemic
New Delhi : Worshippers from across the world will pack the streets of Mecca as Islam's holiest city prepares to host the biggest pilgrimage since coronavirus pandemic.
International worshippers have also been invited this year, since 2019, to the birth place of Prophet Muhammad.
The pilgrimage is expected to start from Wednesday onwards.
According to reports, this year around 1 million pilgrims will be allowed to visit the holy place. Hajj is a key pillar for physically abled Muslims to pay a visit at least once in their lifetime.
In 2019, the total number of pilgrims taking part in the Hajj was around 2.5 million which has been reduced to 1 million this year.
In 2020, foreign nationals were restricted to mere 10,000 and 60,000 fully vaccinated locals were allowed to visit amid pandemic woes. After that, Hajj was closed for all international visitors.