Tetouan - HM King Mohammed VI, Commander of the Faithful, accompanied by HRH Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan, HRH Prince Moulay Rachid and HH Prince Moulay Ismail, performed on Monday the Eid Al Adha prayer at the Hassan II Mosque in Tetouan.
At his arrival at the mosque, the monarch reviewed a detachment of the Royal Guard that paid the honors.
After the Eid prayer, the imam (religious leader) talked about the deep meaning of Eid Al Adha which crowns the first ten days of Du Al Hija (hegira month) during which the muslims reinforce their faith in God and thank him for his many bounties.
This is also an occasion for parents to teach their children the religious and social meaning of this blessed day, symbol of sacrifice, he said, noting that Eid Al Adha also recalls the story of prophet Ibrahim and his son Ismail which is about complete submission to the Almighty.
HM the King, Commander of the Faithful, was greeted afterwards by heads of Islamic diplomatic missions accredited to Morocco who extended to HM the King their congratulations and best wishes.
HM the King, then, performed the sacrifice ritual according to the tradition of prophet Mohammed (PBUH). The Imam sacrificed the second sheep.
Following the ceremony, HM the King returned to the Royal Palace while cannons fired customary shots to mark the advent of this day of festivities.
At the Royal Palace, HM the King, Commander of the Faithful, received the wishes of Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan, of HRH Prince Moulay Rachid and HH prince Moulay Ismail.
HM the King also received the wishes of the Head of government, the speakers of the two houses of parliament, HM the King's advisors, members of government, high commissioners, presidents of constitutional bodies, directors of royal offices, HM the King's brothers-in-law, top officers of the staff of the Royal Armed Forces and several civil and military figures.