Eid and the New Year's Day
Cities in Jordan were getting lively. Many vendors were selling sheep alive
on the road side. Long pointed rods were sold. I thought it's usual in
However someone told me pointing the sheep. "See? Do you know those
sheep for what? The festival of Eid is coming. On the Eid, in early morning
after the prayer, people'll kill the sheep. Then they grilled it and give
it to the poor people first. And rest of meat will be served to their own
I completely misunderstood what they told with gesture like eating meat. I thought they were using simple English "Eat" to describe it to me. But eventually I knew it's called "Eid Al-Adha" Very important holiday in Moslem calendar. It meant "Festival of Sacrifice" Reminded me the word "Carnival" of Catholic.
Whether the sheep know their fate or not, they were got into the back of
pickup truck one after another. I heard the pointed rod was for stabbing
the carotid artery of the sheep.
After knowing everything, the adhan from mosque on the day was the saddest
one I'd ever heard. Oh, poor sheep... I was so timid that I couldn't revisit Senegal because I didn't want my
little sheep would be cooked.
I'm sorry getting start the brand new year with the slaughter topic. But
festivals and cultures are mostly strange, sometime cruel, especially for
the people outside. But we have to accept all of them as themselves. Oh!
It becomes late, I must say a happy new year to you. I wish your bright
future in 2012.
I found some similarity between Eid and Japanese New Year's day. That's
all reason I mentioned here.
Lively market advanced a holiday, for example. The holy ceremony are performed
early in the morning. Japanese people put their palm together and pray
for the Jan. 1st's rising sun. Whichever rich or poor, people wish everybody
spend the New Year's holiday in peace and with enough food. (It must be
a rice cake for Japanese)
After the morning ceremony Jordanian people go out in tidy clothes. In
Japan, people are used to wearing best clothes they have on the New Year's
Eid and New Year's day, maybe I like the splendor in the solemnity and the air of taking care each other in both ceremony.
" Snap shot on Eid day " Salt, Jordan 2010