Umrah is an islamic pilgrimage to Mecca that can be performed any time of the year. This is also an opportunity for Muslims to re-invigorate their faith in Islam by performing Umrah in holiest place of the world.
After assuming Ihram, Umrah pilgrims perform 'tawaf'. Tawaf is performed by circling around Kaaba seven times in anti-clockwise direction. After tawaf, pilgrims walk at pace between the hills Safa and Marwah. This is a re-enactment of Hajar's frantic search for water, which resulted in zamzam water spring. Then pilgrims perform Taqsir in which pilgrims shorten thier hair or shave theier head. Once these rituals are complete, the pilgrims can go out of Ihram. Umrah is also know as the lesser of the 2 pilgrimage. Unlike Hajj which requires to be performed during hajj season and requies several days to perform, Umrah can be performed in few hours.