This weekend, the Muslim world celebrated Eid Al-Adha, the most important holiday of the year. For celebrating U.S. Americans, Eid is like Christmas in importance but like Thanksgiving in content. During Eid, families gather to slaughter and eat a sheep. It’s supposed to be a fun family event for non-vegetarians and involves incredible food and beautiful traditional clothing (for humans, not sheep).
Due to a heavy study load and student finances, I had to stay in Ifrane instead of voyaging out to family celebrations. The school, though, graciously performed a slaughter for me and other remaining students. The images below are of the sheep being handled after slaughter. They’re graphic but necessary to fully understanding the Eid experience.
Since someone was a bit late in getting ready, I didn’t see the slaughter. Which may be for the better. Here, a bunch of guys are preparing the sheep carcass to be hung from a hook conveniently attached to a lamp post.
Though some Moroccan Muslim families choose to let butchers slaughter their sheep or opt out of the process entirely, slaughtering usually falls to family patriarchs and boys are often trained when they’re young.
Here, the boy’s father skins the sheep.
The boy remains stoic and doesn’t even complain once, though he stays in this position for a long time.
Here’s the meat.
And the blood washing.
And here’s Tee and me!… before seeing the sheep.
That’s all, folks! And, in case you’re pining for more news from my beautiful campus or more of my shameless self-promotion …
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