The Hajj is a significant religious event for Muslims and is one of the five pillars of Islam. Many observant Muslims perform Hajj, making a pilgrimage to Mecca and Madinah, two cities in Saudi Arabia. Each year, more than a million pilgrims take part in the Hajj, including thousands of Americans.
The travel period this year for the Hajj will likely commence several days before the onset of the pilgrimage (approximately December 1, 2007) and end several days after its conclusion (approximately January 5, 2008).
Many Muslims believe that the water from a well in Mecca is divinely blessed and often return with containers of water. Travelers returning from Hajj who wish to bring back water should pack it in their checked baggage if the container is larger than three ounces, pursuant to TSA's 3-1-1 liquids regulations.
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