Hajj, which starts today, is always a visually interesting event, so check back later for a link to a slideshow of more images. In the meantime, read the full story here.
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Muslim pilgrims take a rest after the noon prayer in Mina near Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Sunday, Nov. 14. Hajj, the annual Islamic pilgrimage, draws 2.5 million visitors each year, making it the largest yearly gathering of people in the world.