I am in Boston taking an intensive course for the coming week. It’s a lot of work, but so interesting. I made new friends, and haven’t seen anything in the Boston area except for maybe three streets. Tomorrow is Eid al Adha.
In Egypt we differentiate between the two Eids (Eid is Arabic for a religious holiday/celebration) by calling one ‘Eid el Kahk’ (Cookies Eid, which comes after the fasting month of Ramadan) where we eat cookies, and the other ‘Eid el kharoof’ (Lamb Eid) where we eat lamb (or cow, sheep, goat..ect) or any meat in celebration of God descending a sheep from the heavens to sacrifice prophet Abraham’s son Ishmail. We honor the sacrifice made by following in the footsteps and slaughtering an animal. The animal is usually divided into three portions. One for your household, another for close relatives (usually poor, but not necessarily) and the third to the poor. We then make an excellent dish called Fattah.
To spare you the confusion, this is our meat eating Eid. Only I am out of town. Which means it’s probably pancakes with Baba at Monty’s for breakfast.
Just a quick reminder it’s recommended to recite: “Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar, La illah illa Allah, Allahu Akbar, Allahu akbar, wa lillaahil hamd” after *every* salah starting Fajr of the 9th of dhul hijja (yesterday) through Asr of Wed (13th). 5 days. 23 prayers.
Happy Eid and hope you’re eating Fattah with loved ones. Pancakes count too! *wink*