Last Friday was the first day of Eid Al Adha. It’s a 4-5 day religious holiday, celebrated by Muslims world-wide.

Eid Al Adha is  the second Eid celebrated by Muslims.  Eid Al Fitr is  the first feast, it is celebrated after the holy month of fasting, Ramadan. What makes Eid Al Adha special is that this  feast is held in honor of Ibrahim who was willing to sacrifice his son as an act of devotion to God.

Eid Al Adha falls on the first day of the islamic month of Hajj. Thul Hajj follows comes approximately 70 days after the Islamic month of Ramadan. “Eid al-Adha occurs the day after the pilgrims conducting Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia by Muslims worldwide, descend from Mount Arafat. ” (Wikkipedia.com)

Every Eid my father takes, my sister and I to the cemetary in Alexandria after the Eid prayer. We go to the cemetary  to pay our respects to our deceased relatives and friend to say a prayer for them. This is a tradition that lots of families do every Eid. From the cemetary we usually head home and get a few extra zeezs(sleep). Once we have caught up on our sleep, we call family and friends and wish them a happy Eid. Other people will go visiting relatives and children will be given 3edeya (presant or money).

For Eid All Adha, people buy a sheep or a cow to slaughter. The meat from the animal is divided up and distributed to those who can’t afford to sacrifice a sheep or who can’t afford to buy meat. Families then cook their share of the meat and have a big and delicious feast to celebrate the holiday. (forget a diet at this time of year, you’d be fighting a losing battle with all the treats left to tempt your taste buds).

Those that can afford to go away for the holiday, usually travel to Sharm El Sheikh to lounge by the sea, enjoying the beautiful weather and getting a fabulous tan. While everyone else will be walking the streets  in their new Eid clothes, children riding horses and donkey carts. Vendors selling candy floss in plastic bags, popcorn in a paper cone, icec ream and roasted corn. The traffic is almost non exisitant, it takes a few minutes to get from one place to another. (If only it could be like that all year long)

 It’s a great time for spending quality with family and friends.

 

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