The annual five day Haj pilgrimage commences today in Saudi Arabia on a drastically reduced scale due to Coronavirus pandemic globally. Saudi authorities has restricted number of pilgrims to sixty thousand local residents who begins their journey from holy city of Mecca to assemble in Mina. They will spend the night there and move towards plains of Arafat at dawn tomorrow for the day’s main ritual of Haj, reciting prayers.
This year, Haj will be limited to the people between the ages of 18 and 65 and those who have been vaccinated. Around 2.5 million pilgrims including record two lakh pilgrims from India performed Haj in 2019 before the pandemic outbreak.