Eid al-Adha in the Village of Al-Graen
Today is Eid al-Adha, the Feast of the Sacrifice, in the Islamic calendar. It commemorates Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son. So, as a reminder of that, it is traditional to sacrifice a sheep on Eid. According to the Sunna, or tradition of the Prophet, it is also tradition to visit family.
The previous evening, I learned that steel wool lit on fire can double as fireworks if you swing it around.
I spent the night in the unrecognized village of Al-Graen, with the family of Ali Abu Sheita. In the morning Ahmed, Ali’s brother, slaughtered two sheep: one for his family and one for Ali’s.
“They must be sharp!”
“In the name of God the Beneficent, the Merciful”
Skinned and washed, now Ali and his sons remove the guts, take a massive machete and turn it into cookable portions.
A handprint on the door is supposed to protect the home.