Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Eid Mabruk!

Eid-Al-Kabeir is the Muslim equivalent to Christmas, although besides it being the biggest holiday, the similarities to an American holiday are slim.  It is quite a unique thing.

  Each family who has the means, purchases a sheep and kills it to symbolize Abraham's willingness to sacrifice Isaac. I was invited by a family I met recently who own one of the bread ovens in the Medina.  Andra and I spent the night at their house, then woke up to start the festivities.

After we butchered our sheep, we went to the relatives of the family who had a bunch of sheep going, as you can see.
In the afternoon we sat down for 'boule feves', brochettes made of liver and fat, and heart.  To my surprise everything was delicious.  I love this portrait, and I can't wait to get it printed and framed to give to Ben Jesu and his wife Badia.
Lots of sheepskins everywhere that afternoon being bought and sold and eventually brought to the tanneries to be dyed and made into something.  Overall, the process of seeing the meat you eat and what happens to all the parts was quite satisfying.  Now onto an American holiday, Thanksgiving!


Melissa K said...

Wow, that looks intense. I can't imaging killing a sheep to honor Abraham would catch on very well back home. I thought the Muslim winter holiday was Kwanza? So much to learn!

Anonymous said...

Eid-Al-Kabeir is in honors the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son Ishmael.