La Tabaski, Tuesday November 16th

Eid al-Adha (Aïd el-Kebir in French) or  “La Tabaski” in West Africa (“Festival of Sacrifice”) is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide to commemorate the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his son Ishmael as an act of obedience to God, before God intervened to provide him with a ram to sacrifice instead.

After the ritual slaughter, the meat is divided into three parts to be distributed to others. The family retains one third of the share, another third is given to relatives, friends and neighbors, and the other third is given to the poor and needy.

I attended the slaughter at my Lebanese neighbors’. Helped by servants and guards, the butcher cut the throat of the sheep, lying on the left side and the head turned towards Mecque then I was given a piece of meat.

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