Eid

So I’ve had quite the hiatus from writing since little dude was born.  I used to think, “What in the world do stay at home moms do all day?”  Now I think, “How in the world am I supposed to get everything done in a day!?”

Anyways, we returned from our summer in the States on Sept. 23rd.  We were supposed to arrive the 15th, but due to an Air France pilot’s strike we were stranded in FL for an extra week.  I guess if you are stranded, at least it’s with family and friends in America.

We arrived and finally got settled back into life here, just in time for Eid. Eid is one of Morocco’s biggest religious holidays.  It’s the Festival of the Sacrifice, where they celebrate how God provided a ram for Abraham so he wouldn’t have to sacrifice his son.  In honor of this holiday, every family slaughters a sheep, and then proceeds to eat the sheep for the next couple weeks.  We were in the States last year during the Eid, so this was our first time celebrating the holiday here in Morocco.  Some of our closest friends invited us to spend the holiday with them.IMG_2011

 

They have a very big family and each married man is supposed to provide a sheep for his own family, so there were a total of 5 sheep that were slaughtered that day.

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They insisted that we arrive early in the morning at 7am.  So we did.  When we got there, all the men were getting ready to go to the Mosque to pray. Then they all come back, change into “work” clothes, and gather all the family around to watch the slaughter…including all the children.  We’ve become super close to our food sources over the past 2 years.  Here’s all of us gathered around to watch the men slaughter the sheep.

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As you can imagine it takes quite some time to slaughter, skin, gut, clean, and prepare 5 sheep.  So the entire family gets involved and makes an assembly line.  The men kill the sheep, skin it, gut it, and hang it to let it bleed out.
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Then the women take the organs and begin cleaning and preparing them.  Some of the women were cleaning out the intestines to make sausages later.  The matriarch took the heads and used a blow torch type device to burn off all the fur. They frequently make a brain and egg dish for breakfast the next morning.IMG_2048

 

I proceeded to help some of the other women take the lungs, hearts, and livers of the sheep to make kebabs for lunch.  They cut the organs up into little cubes, wrap them with strips of fat, grill them, and then cover them in cumin.  It was like a giant assembly line.DSCF2766

 

After all the jobs have been completed, everybody goes and changes into nice clothes, and gathers together to feast.  We ate the kebabs, and also a stew with organs and intestines.  Everything tasted surprisingly better than I was anticipating.

Then the men left to go sit at a coffee shop, and the women hung out at the house.  Abe and I took a nap.  We ended up hanging out the whole day until dinner time (which was served at 11pm).

For dinner they cut off a piece of the shoulder, cooked that up, and served it with different salads.  That was my favorite of all the meals.

4 Comments

  1. Todd
    Nov 3, 2014

    What a great experience. Everything sounds very yummy! Love the photo with Abe and the patriarch. He is a good man.

  2. adam
    Nov 4, 2014

    Awesome! I hope you get to try the brain and eggs breakfast soon.

  3. Duke Luper
    Nov 4, 2014

    Wow…. just wow. Very different post from the Apopalypse…. You are a bigger woman than I am a man to have made it through all of that. We are so disconnected from our hamburgers here. Great to have see you, Scott and Abe when you were in the US!!! Love from Karen and Duke

  4. bethany
    Nov 6, 2014

    i love celebrations.
    also, i love you.