the word haji means " The one who has made a pilgrimage to the Mecca". The haji is a holiday were muslims go to the Kaaba and gather around the Kaaba. They walk around the Kaaba 7 times clockwise . hajji is a  honorific title which is given to a muslim who has successfully completed the haji to Mecca.  haji is a mandatory  religious  duty for muslims that must be carried out once in a life time. haji lasts about 5 to 6 days. The haji must be performed by every muslim each year during the first 10 days. 

Facts about haji 

  • Hajj Is More Than 1,500 Years Old.
  • Hajj Is Always On The 8th – 13th Dhul Hijjah.
  • Over 2.5 Million Muslims A Year Go On Hajj.
  • Almost 351,000 Staff Manage Hajj
  • Hajj goes hand in hand with Eid al-Adha
  • People who complete the Hajj are called Hajjis.
  • There is No Gender Segregation for Hajj

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One is required to attend the Hajj pilgrimage at least once in the life time if one is healthy enough and if one has enough funds to afford the expenses of the pilgrimage.  

There are two types of Hajj pilgrimage.  There is the main Hajj pilgrimage which Ananyaplayer talked about and is obligatory for every Muslim who is healthy and can afford it.  For the main Hajj, there is a specific time period in the calendar that Muslims can perform it.

Then, there is the shorter version of Hajj which is called Hajj Omrah.  Omrah can be performed in just one day, and it can be done throughout the year.

I had the pleasure of doing Omrah Hajj once.  It was simply the most beautiful and the sweetest experience of my entire life.  I wish I could go again on Hajj at least one more time.