l-eid l-kbir: The Big Holiday

When God told Abraham to kill his son, he obediently knelt to do so but found a ram in his place, its throat cut.

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Abraham passed the test, and now Muslims honor his actions by slaughtering sheep on Eid al-Adha, the feast of the sacrifice. Other traditions include wearing new clothes, visiting family and friends,

I celebrated the three-day holiday, Islam’s biggest, with my host family. We woke early, slaughtered a ram, ate a LOT, and enjoyed each other’s company. Here’s a smattering of pictures from the weekend. You can find a bonus video below! (Warning: it is pretty graphic.)

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Sheep stomach

Dried figs

The family birds
An offering
The aftermath, pt I
The aftermath, pt II
Abdu in his new clothes
Mind your ras (head)
Most of the family at breakfast