Hajj pilgrimage is an annual pilgrimage to Mecca which is the Islam holy city. It is strictly compulsory for those Muslims who can physically and financially afford to go there. They also need to be able to support their family in their absence.
The Hajj is the second largest gathering of Muslims in the world. Because of this, everyone sleeps in temporary accommodation, which consists of tents.
What happens on the first day?
On the first day, all of the pilgrims are reminded of their duties. On the second day, called the day of the Arafat, which is on the second day of the pilgrimage, Muslims spend the entire day on a hill known as the Mount of Mercy, which is considered to be a great day of forgiveness. They believe that if you spend an entire day on the mountain, all of your past sins will be forgiven.
Those who can’t physically get there spend the day fasting and praying.
This pilgrimage is important because it helps to teach them about what their true purpose is. Another reason why it is important to Muslims is because it makes them feel a special connection with Allah and it also helps them get to know their brothers and sisters better on the journey.
Also, Muslims must wear white Ihram clothing whilst they are there. This means that you cannot tell who is rich and who is poor.