As the sun burned in the soft blue sky, thousands of Muslims poured into Angel Stadium early Friday and filled the morning with the sounds of prayer as they celebrated Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of the Sacrifice, the most important holiday of the Islamic calendar.
"Eid Mubarak," men and women said in greeting, wishing blessings for the day. Youngsters skipped school, elders from across Southern California glowed with the spirit of the season - in culmination of the annual pilgrimage, called Hajj, a tribute to Prophet Abraham's life and legacy.
More than 20,000 Muslims gathered at the baseball stadium in a historic event organized by leaders of three mosques - the Islamic Center of Irvine, the Islamic Institute of Orange County in Anaheim and the Islamic Society of Orange County in Garden Grove. The three mosques are members of the Islamic Shura Council.