Do Unto Others focuses on the Middle East, (nonviolent) social movements, and how I make sense of my place in the world. I'm currently based in Cairo, Egypt doing peacebuilding and community development.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Eid il Adha 2009

Friday, 27 Nov 2009

Today was my second Eid il Adha in Palestine. Eid il Adha commemorates Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son. Muslims celebrate this holiday by sacrificing an animal. In At-Tuwani, the men of the village gathered to sacrifice a camel. It went as you might expect: lots of blood and lots of meat. Traditionally, the meat from the sacrifice is distributed in 3 equal parts. 1/3 of the meat is eaten by the family, 1/3 is given to relatives, and 1/3 is given to the poor. The camel was a sacrifice amongst all the families in the village, so that meat was divided amongst the village (including the foreigners, thankfully), with a portion being given to the poor.

The sacrifice was made early in the morning and people were barbecuing the camel meat almost immediately because many had been fasting the previous day. Barbecued camel meat and camel liver is pretty good, but a little chewy.

Sitting with my Muslim brother and sisters during Eid il Adha (the biggest of the Muslim holidays) was a treat. It was a relief from the chaos/injustice/absurdity of the occupation in the last two weeks. The last two weeks have been the hardest two weeks of my time working in Palestine, so the Eid (holiday) was a welcome break.