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Annual Hajj Pilgrimage to Begin from May 16, Around 3,800 Pilgrims from Northeast to Participate

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Guwahati, May 13: The annual Hajj pilgrimage for the residents of Assam, Meghalaya and other Northeast states will begin on May 16 this month. Around 3,800 pilgrims from the region are expected to participate in this sacred journey to Medina in Saudi Arabia.

Special flights to Medina will operate from the Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati. Northeast Hajj Committee Chairman Nekibur Zaman said the first batch would leave Guwahati on May 16 for Medina. The pilgrimage would continue until May 25. He added that district-wise training sessions for the pilgrims were recently held, which were overseen by the Haj Committee.

Annual Hajj Pilgrimage to Begin from May 16, Around 3,800 Pilgrims from Northeast to Participate

Similar to last year, a Hajj Welcome Committee at Guwahati Airport has been formed to facilitate the pilgrims. Altaf Hussain, a retired senior government official, has been appointed president of this committee. Hussain informed this reporter that each flight will carry 324 pilgrims, with two daily flights from Guwahati Aiport. After 42 days from the start of the journey, the pilgrims will start to return to Guwahati from Mecca in their respective batches.


It is noteworthy that in the year 2023, altogether, 3,454 pilgrims from the Northeast participated in the Hajj. But sadly, six pilgrims passed away due to various illnesses during their stay in Mecca and Medina.

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