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Rivers of blood run through Bangladesh after animal sacrifices combined with heavy rains


A combination of animal sacrifices in conjunction with Eid al-Adha celebrations and heavy rains turned the streets of Dhaka, Bangladesh, into a river of blood last week. 

Shocking photos showed residents of the country's capital city wading through streets flooded with animal blood and rainwater. 

What is Eid al-Adha?

Eid al-Adha, which is also known as the Feast of Sacrifice, is the second biggest holiday in the Muslim calendar after Eid al-Fitr. 

According to CNN, Eid al-Adha commemorates the moment when God appeared to Abraham, who is known as Ibrahim to Muslims, in a dream and asked him to sacrifice his son. 

Just as he was about to sacrifice his son, God stepped in and gave him a sheep to sacrifice instead.

In this Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016 photo, a car drives past a road turned red after blood from sacrificial animals on Eid al-Adha mixed with water from heavy rainfall in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Authorities in Dhaka had assigned several places in the city where residents could slaughter animals, but the heavy downpours Tuesday meant few people could use the designated areas. (AP Photo)

Photo courtesy of the Associated Press. 

Muslim families now sacrifice a goat, cow or sheep to commemorate God's test of Ibrahim. After the animal is sacrificed, the meat is shared with the poor. 

According to CNN, the city of Dhaka had designated 1,000 places for people to make sacrifices, but people still made their sacrifices in the streets. 

The sacrifices, combined with heavy rain and poor drainage systems led to the unusual scene of people wading through blood. 

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