After “Eid el-Fitr” comes our beloved “Eid al-Adha”.
This celebration is characterized by a “nice” and “refreshing” smell: The smell of a sheep which you will find everywhere you go: on the roads, in your neighborhood, in your dad’s car when he brings the sheep until you end up smelling like one.
That’s not all. Sheep love to announce their presence, by their melodious and musical bleating; all day and night long, to “rock” you like a baby and push you to strangle them, before “el Eid”. You’ll get so used to their bleating that you’ll hear it, even when you eat your sheep’s meat. Several days before “el Eid”, the sheep becomes the king. People compete between them, to see who has the prettiest, biggest and most expensive sheep–and yes; sheep become a wealth’s sign.
Finally, it’s the big day and everyone is so excited to get rid of the sheep. Its bleating and to eat as much meat as their stomach can carry. Everyone is mobilized and ready: moms wake up their daughters early in the morning so they can help them and dads do the same with their sons who they can learn strangling the sheep.
The sticking scene is tragic, funny and scary at the same time. First of all, the floor, the walls, your clothes are all covered with blood, as if you were on the set of the “Walking Dead”. Your father, exhausted and gasping, calls your mom who rushes to collect the meat and cook it. Your older sister, disgusted, washes the meat and cleans the floor, thinking about millions of things she’d rather do at this moment. Your little brother, is heartbroken witnessing the “murder” of his best friend, in front of his eyes, but will soon forget about it, when he’ll eat the meat.
In “Eid al-Adha”, meat is everything. You eat meat at breakfast, lunch, dinner and you have it as a snack. If you’re lucky enough, you won’t have arterial hypertension or high cholesterol by the end of the week. You’ll get so fed up with meat that you’ll go vegetarian for months or maybe for the rest of your life. As a bonus, you’ll have this good smell of meat that won’t go away no matter how many times you wash your hands or shower.
“Eid al-Adha” is always a moment of love, sharing and worship where families gather to share a meal and to get closer to Allah.
EID MUBARAK to all Muslims, and everyone else around the world!