Members of Maine’s Muslim community gathered Saturday at First Parish Church in Portland to celebrate Eid al-Adha – “Feast of Sacrifice” – with the Alzahraa Arabic School. The Islamic holiday occurs during the annual pilgrimage to Mecca and in most places lasts for four days.

Mohammed Albehadli, a former teacher at the Alzahraa Arabic School, poses for a photo with students Zayyd Najar, 9, left, and Rawan Najar, 4, at an Eid al-Adha celebration in Portland on Saturday. Mohammed drove back to Portland from college in Connecticut to attend the celebration.

Mohammed Albehadli, a former teacher at the Alzahraa Arabic School, poses for a photo with students Zayyd Najar, 9, left, and Rawan Najar, 4, at an Eid al-Adha celebration in Portland on Saturday. Mohammed drove back to Portland from college in Connecticut to attend the celebration. Derek Davis/Staff Photographer

Mayasah Al Hashimi of Westbrook takes down balloons for the kids to play with after the Eid al-Adha festivities.

Mayasah Al Hashimi of Westbrook takes down balloons for the kids to play with after the Eid al-Adha festivities. Derek Davis/Staff Photographer

Mohammed Albehadli and student Zayyd Najar, 9, enjoy an Eid al-Adha celebration in Portland.

Mohammed Albehadli and student Zayyd Najar, 9, enjoy an Eid al-Adha celebration in Portland. Derek Davis/Staff Photographer