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TARWIYA DAY/HAJJ
THE PILGRIMS BEGAN TO PROCEED FROM MAKKAH TO MINA.
Makkah, 3rd March 2001
SINCE EARLY MORNING ON SATURDAY, THE PILGRIMS BEGAN TO PROCEED FROM MAKKAH TO MINA.

THIS DAY, THE EIGHTH DAY OF THE LUNAR MONTH OF ZIL HIJJA, IS CALLED TARWIYA DAY (WATERING DAY), BECAUSE EARLIER THE PILGRIMS USED TO FILL ON THIS DAY THEIR WATER SKINS WITH THE REQUIRED DRINKING WATER SO AS TO PREPARE THEMSELVES FOR THE JOURNEY TO ARAFAT ON THE NEXT DAY.

THE PILGRIMS WILL SPEND SATURDAY AT MINA ,AND ON EARLY SUNDAY THEY WILL MOVE TO ARAFAT.

ARAFAT'S DAY IS THE MOST IMPORTANT OF THE HAJJ DAYS.

ACCORDING TO SPA, THE PILGRIMS MOVED EASILY ON SATURDAY FROM MAKKAH TO MINA.

THANKS TO THE EXCELLENT FACILITIES BEING EXTENDED BY THE CONCERNED SAUDI AUTHORITIES, NO PROBLEMS FACED THE MOVEMENT OF THE PILGRIMS FROM MAKKAH TO MINA, SAID THE REPORTER OF SPA

THE HOLY SITES INCLUDE MODERN ROAD NETWORKS, TUNNELS AND FLYOVERS IN ADDITION TO SPECIAL LANES FOR THE PEDESTRIANS.

ALL REQUIRED HEALTH SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE INCLUDING TENS OF HOSPITALS AND MEDICAL SERVICE CENTERS THAT WORK UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF THE HEALTH MINISTRY, THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE MEDICAL SERVICES AT THE NATIONAL GUARD AND INTERNAL SECURITY FORCES AS WELL AS THE SAUDI RED CRESCENT SOCIETY.

SPECIAL CENTERS HAVE BEEN SET UP FOR TREATMENT OF CASES OF SUN STROKES AND HEAT EXHAUSTION.

MORE THAN 6000 SHOPS AT THE HOLY SITES HAVE BEEN PROVIDED WITH ALL NEEDED FOOD MATERIALS AND THE BAKERIES HAVE MADE THE NECESSARY ARRANGEMENTS FOR PROVIDING THE PILGRIMS WITH MORE THAN FIVE PIECES LOAVES PER DAY.

DRINKING WATER IN ADDITION TO TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES INCLUDING TELEPHONE, TELEX AND POSTAL SERVICES, ARE AVAILABLE IN THE HOLY SITES.

Source: SPA

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