Rabat – The Eid experience in Morocco reminds me of Christmas in Colombia. Women concentrate in the kitchens to prepare delicious dishes, everybody waits till the last minute to buy desserts.
In Colombia, people greet one another and wishe a “Merry Christmas,” which is a beautiful habit that is similar to “Eid Mubarak” in Morocco and other Muslim majority countries.
In my native country, families offer large banquets in which they never miss the turkey, the custard and salty fritters called “buñuelos.” Here in Morocco instead of turkey, locals offer sheep, the sweet chebakiya replace the custard and the buñuelos are flat round breads.
Instead of what people think, Latin America and Arab cultures have more things in common than what people may imagine. I share with you my experience inside a Moroccan family in the Medina of Rabat.
The price of a good sheep starts from MAD 1500.
A week before Eid, some people sell grass silage to feed the sheep on the terraces of their houses.
Peasants come down from the Atlas Mountains with their trucks full of sheeps that have been eating corn and wheat all year long.
The men bargain the price of the sheep they will buy to celebrate the Eid.
One day before Eid al-Adha, Muslims around the world fast during the day of Arafat.
Boulfaf Kabab [Moroccan specialty] a combination of the sheep’s liver and fat t is put on skewers and barbequed; some families add Kofta kabab. It is served with bread, Moroccan tea and olives.
After sacrifice, young people light bonfires and roast goat heads to make dishes with the brain.
Families give the sheep’s skin to leather workers so they can make bags, jackets and other stuff they sell in the bazaar. The holy Corán forbids Muslims to sell this skins.
During Eid people wear new clothes and exchange gifts with friends and family.
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