Across the Middle East and the world this week, preparations have been made for major holidays of different faiths. As Hajj culminates, the Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha is celebrated this weekend. Yom Kippur completes the period of High Holy Days for the Jewish community. --Leanne Burden Seidel (20 photos total)

Ultra-Orthodox Jews reflect on a car window as they gather on a hill overlooking the Mediterranean sea as they participate in a Tashlich ceremony in Herzeliya, Israel, Oct. 2. Tashlich, which means "to cast away" in Hebrew, is the practice by which Jews go to a large flowing body of water and symbolically "throw away" their sins by throwing a piece of bread, or similar food, into the water before the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, which start on Friday. (Oded Balilty/Associated Press)