Monday, December 8, 2008

Eid sacrifice

Eid Mubarak!
Today is Eid. A day for sacrifices.
I went out to a friend's house today and she said not to be alarmed when I saw her street. It was covered in blood from all the goat sacrifices. Actually, by the time I got there it was only puddles of water and a few people out hosing down their entryways. But the smell of fresh blood was still in the air.
The day before, we'd seen goats festively attired in garlands and bows. They were dressed for death.
And before that we'd seen sheep and goats lined up along the street outside the slaughter house. All in preparation for the big Eid celebration.
Camels, too. There were camels for sale to those who can afford a sacrifice of this size.
And they, too, were painted and decorated for Eid.

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